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Old 12-19-2009, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok got a ? ok just set up some new equipment to my tank got a 25 gal sump it beside my tank on the ground and have the protein skimmer pump with airline hose in sump and the skimmer head up top thus making it a return pump but y wont it skim.. There No Bubbles Getting pulled through the hose thus making it only a return pump im guessing im going to have to buy a return pump and leave my protein skimmer in the sump
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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not sure i understand how you have it setup

the water from sump is going through skimmer that is in the (or next to) sump but the water is returned to the tank? I'm confused, is that even possible?
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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no sorry over flow box is bringing water down to sump. pump from protein skimmer is in sump and the protein skimmer it self is on my tank. Its A hang on style with tubing going to pump and the air inlet for the skimmer is on the pump in sump
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now i get it and yes your skimmer is too far.

When you use venturi on your skimmer pump (air being sucked into the water through it) the distance between the pump outlet and the skimmer has to be as short as possible.

On my turboflotor 1000 multi I use a pice of hose that is only about 5" so that the skimmer receives nice looking air/water mixture from the pump. You're going to have to bring the skimmer back to (or next to) the sump and and return the water from it to the sump. A separate pump will have to be installed to return water from sump to the tank.
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