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    Tempest filter Jacket

    Picked up a cheep second hand tempest. I know they are a love hate item, but just wanted something to go on my skimmer in my small pond. I am in full sun and it will be outdoors, thinking algae may clog media, anyone had issues, The jackets are silly prices, anyone made a DIY jacket, surely there must be a suitable fabric to block out the sunlight, Velcro or tie straps should hold it in place.
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    I know what you mean Ian as I had mine outside on a north facing shed wall and it started to go green on the inside. I used to brush the inside of the filter with limited success but now it's on my QT system in a garage and all the green just disappeared in a few weeks I think. It's definitely not a problem now so covering it would be a good option. I'm sure I've seen those jackets on farcebook market place and fleabay just can't remember the prices. I had a Tornado 11 protein skimmer that use to suffer with the same issue but I got a section of large diameter pressure pipe from a place I was working one day and that cured the problem. If you know the diameter of the Tempest maybe see if you can find an off cut of the correct size pipe, slice it in half long ways and strap it to the outside of the Tempest with bungies etc. Or I think the sleeves for the Tempests are referred to as 'scuba jackets' so maybe look on fleabay for that sort of material and make yourself one?
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    The jackets are around £50 with postage, a bit steep for what they are. I have an old waterproof fabric sack lying around. I am going to cut a hole in top then strap it up, all my filters are behind screening so no need for it to be fancy

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    Good luck.

    You could always look on fleabay and see if some really fat person is selling their wetsuit and you could us the arms and legs of that as jackets for the Tempest
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    How about a bit of old surplus pond liner, should you be on a liner that is, cut to size and length, with a strip of velcro hot glued down the length of the overlap join? Easily removable and won't be any thicker than the tempest end caps ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 118 View Post
    How about a bit of old surplus pond liner, should you be on a liner that is, cut to size and length, with a strip of velcro hot glued down the length of the overlap join? Easily removable and won't be any thicker than the tempest end caps ..
    I was thinking the same myself but have no liner, for now I got a roll of bin liners and wrapped then round the tempest and zip tied it in place

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    Maybe a fabric store close to you? Or a old wetsuit? The best fabric to use is neopreen.

 

 

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