No announcement yet.

Skimmer builders - A Challenge.

  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Skimmer builders - A Challenge.

    Does anyone thing they can build a needlewheel that's 1/10 the size of a normal BK/ER needlewheel?

    I want to try and build a needlewheel powered by modded maxijet 1200. Think it's possible?

  • #2
    I’ve heard of someone that cut a 1 or 1.5” bioball in half and glued it to a power head impeller. I don’t know how it worked though.

    120 BB w/20g BB side tank, 29g sump, (2) 250w RO III, 14k AC, Bluewave VII ballast, Deltec 851, Panworld 150 return, (2) 6000 Streams w/controller, AC II Controller w/(2) DC4, GEO 618 CR.

    If at first it doesn't fit get a bigger hammer - Beat to fit paint to match


    • #3
      I've been trying to get something like that to work, but so far I haven't


      • #4
        Sean... IMO a counter current air driven skimmer will do a decent job on a small tank. It's been several years since I used one but they do perform well if you have a good air pump and change the wood blocks often enough. The last one I used was driven by a four-outlet pump and a 3/4" x 3/4" x 3" basswood air diffuser. I would purchase the basswood at a local hardwood store (ironic) and cut the blocks myself so I could justify changing the blocks more often. They'd cost me about 25 cents each this way. It was a small OD but about 24" tall. They bad part about the early designs of these skimmer was the PITA to get the top off from the body because everyone used nylon bolts and wing nuts. I'd always drop some in the sump every time.

        “People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.”
        ...Charles F. Kettering


        • #5
          I agree with GTR, for smaller skimmers air stone driven units can work really well.
          400 gallon reef, Bubble King 300, I~Spin, 2 x 10,000K BLV 400W, 2 x 20,000K Radium 400W, 2 x 6,400K Osram 400W, Schuran Jetstream 1, AquaController Pro


          • #6
            Awesome guys, thanks for the advice!

            I'll look into how I can get one of those units into nano.