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  • ASM-G3 Skimmer Improvement?

    I have an ASM-G3 skimmer with a Sedra 5000 pump for my 200 gallons of water volume. I was wondering if there is any way to improve this skimmer enabling it to pull even more nasties out of the tank. I have one eye on the BK but another on the price tag, so I want to maximize the equipmant I have on hand.
    Pikeman

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    Pike... I have both. The ASM did a good job until I got the BK, after that the ASM gets maybe a cup of skimmate a week. I've raised the raiser tube at least an inch.
    There's just no comparing the amount of air in these two skimmers. Maybe if you could add a pump but then you just might have to much water flow. If you could add a recirculating NW it might do it but ten trurbulence might be the issue in the relativly small chamber.

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

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    • #3
      GTR,

      Thanks for your response! Just how much better do you estimate the BK to be vs. the ASM? I know it's "better" but could you quantify that in any way? (Skimmate generated with the BK after the tank was on the ASM, etc) The reason I ask is that I'm coming to the conclusion that my very slow decrease in nutrient levels with the zeovit system may in part be related to my under-horsepowered skimming (G3 for 200 gal). I'm looking for more quantitative support before I spend close to $2K for a skimmer. In essence I want to make sure I get a big increase in my nutrient export consistent with the extra cost.
      Pikeman

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      • #4
        I can't find a way to fairly compare these two skimmers. They are not in the same class at all as I'm sure you know. If you are in need of a better skimmer this is a fine choice but there are also many others priced more in line with the ASM that you might be happy with for the money paid.

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

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        • #5
          Pike...

          I found some fittings to install a gate valve instead of the riser pipe and sponge to adjust the water restriction in the ASM. The first fitting was a 90 (male end of a reducer I think) and it fit in where the slide pipe went and from there I installed the gate valve. This seems as though it will make the ASM easier to adjust in small increments (like 1/8 turn). I always had a hard time moving the slide pipe just a little and I'd end up moving it a lot. As you know then you have to start over trying to find the sweat spot.

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

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