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    protein skimmer

    hi
    looking at adding a protein skimmer anyone got thoughts on the Aquaforte tornado 2 . found one for 228.

    keith



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    Quote Originally Posted by rolo View Post
    hi
    looking at adding a protein skimmer anyone got thoughts on the Aquaforte tornado 2 . found one for 228.

    keith
    I've got one on my skimmer line.

    It does a reasonable job but needs a clean water supply to it so a decent pre filter of some kind is required too. I just have a Bioforce Revolution filter in front of it just as a temporary solution and it lets too much through into the protein skimmer. You can only run them at between 3500 lph and 5500 lph from memory so I've just used a 3500 lph pump on mine as it was going spare. Probably could do with something a bit bigger due to pressure loss from the Bioforce Revolution filter? I have a small aquarium air pump feeding mine for the air supply but you could run it off a manifold from your existing air pump and just make sure you set the air flow correctly or it will fire very wet foam out of the foam outlet and start to drain your pond!!

    For cleaning it I got 3 different brushes, a long handled straight one, a short handled straight one and a cranked short handled one. They work really well. I also made a scoop out of a 2 pint plastic milk bottle which is great for putting the media (I've got K1 in mine) back into the chamber.
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    hi frim
    many thanks for reply.i was considering running it straight from the pond on a seperate line but if its going to clog up .
    the solution one would be to put it after the stand alone sieve, but that would mean highering the sieve about 20cm then it would gravitate to skimmer.
    solution two higher the sieve and put a pump between sieve and skimmer.
    open to suggestions

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    Pump between the sieve and skimmer as the tornado 2 has to be pump fed unless others know different as in having the sieve gravity feeding it?

    I would personally stick with what you know will work and pump into the skimmer.

    You might want to run two outlets off the sieve if it's gravity so you can get a higher flow through that then the lower flow through the skimmer if that makes sense? May require 2 pumps though and the second pump off the sieve could go back into the pond or a shower maybe
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    hi
    sieve is gravity return from a 110mm outlet with a rubber bung in the end with two 40mm pipes coming out which can be swiveled so they are either level with each other or can be one above the other. both pipes run to a 110mm pipe returning to pond.

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    Well if the sieve is gravity fed then you've got to put a pump on the return so works good for pumping to the protein skimmer and or a second pump to the pond or another filter just so you can gain extra bio if required
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    hi
    i eventually got round to building a protein skimmer which is working well.
    Im sure i've read somewhere that the waste is good is good plant food, if this is the case is it feed neat or diluted is so at what percentage.

    keith

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    Not sure of the percentage as mine just empties into a tub then that gets emptied into another tub that catches the water that overflows from the pond and that empties straight onto the grass. So sometimes is a higher percentage than others.
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    hi
    i eventually got round to building a protein skimmer which is working well.
    Im sure i've read somewhere that the waste is good is good plant food, if this is the case is it feed neat or diluted is so at what percentage.

    keith

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    I scoop the foam out of the basket of the wall mounted skimmer and chuck that straight onto the grass which is virtually the same stuff that comes out of the foam outlet of my protein skimmer so you should be OK putting it neat onto the garden.
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