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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:27 pm    Post subject: TAAM/RIO Nano Skimmer/Filter Reply with quote

I just found this at CustomAquatics for $16.99 (last day on sale) and with shipping, spent $28.99 so that I can add a skimmer to my work nano. I will post pictures and updates as they become available.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hell - I'm gonna use my Coralife 220 on my 2 gallon Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO. Is your pico going in your office? Water changes are a pain at work, so I really hope this works for me.

Side note, I am also thinking about removing all the sand and just going for a zoo bottom, but I am not sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that would give you a little more room. Id do it. plus you could add more flow if you wanted.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard you need to work on silencing the air intake but the skimmers work pretty well.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terry, if you could let me know the dimensions, I'd appreciate it. I'd like to find a skimmer for my 14 gallon BioCube, but it'd have to fit in the back sump section, and there isn't much room back there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darn it Les, you are about 3 hours to late. It is all hooked up. BUT, I will check the box and see if it says and if not, the next time nobody is around, I will take the canopy off and measure it.

It actually came in yesterday, but I had to delay opening it until this morning.

Here is the box...are you excited yet?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here it is right out of the box--it was packed up very nicely and without any unnecessary styrofoam.


Here is the bottom portion:


And the top portion that is the collecting cup as well:
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is after it is put together:


And a couple once it is hooked up and running:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what it is all about................foam.........


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The directions are minimal and they do not include a good diagram of what is what. For example, it took be a bit to realize that I could pull up on the venturi valve because it didn't pull up easily, but that is how you adjust the amount of bubbles. There is also a little dial to slow down the amount of water being pulled from the tank.

The coolest part is there was a little piece of plastic that you could remove that is designed to make contact time longer.

As you can see, I am starting to get foam, so all in all...

so far so good

I will keep this thread posted.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't have my camera at work, but I am getting steady foam production and I had completed at least a 95% waterchange the weekend before this arrived Smile



Les, the box says the dimensions are 7.25"L x 4.5"W x 10.25"H but I will need to measure how much sticks up above the rim of the tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks pretty good terry. what size tank is it in? does it make much noise?

anyways looks like it going to work for you and a great price as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 gallon tank and it is quieter than my AquaClear 70 was

Thanks Jas!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't notice the pictures before... Nice writeup.

Am I crazy though - or is this thing essentially a skilter?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is a skilter?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A skilter is a POS skimmer/HOB filter combo. Generally, they don't work worth a crap, but it seems as if yours is working well.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a skilter:


Not knocking what you just bought - I think it's probably a viable concept to combine a powerfilter and skimmer into a single unit. The skilter doesn't do it well. As evidenced by your picture - you're producing foam so that's a good thing.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess technically it could be, but there is really no filtration area. There is a little carbon pad thing in the discharge area, but supposedly that is only for removing the bubbles--it isn't big enough to do anything else.

The difference I see is that the picture above shows a tiny skimmer that sits in a big open area. My entire area except for the small 1-1/2" discharge area on the left is the skimmer reactor area. The whole top piece is the collection cup.

Sizewise, I would compare it to taking an Aquafuge and making the whole filtration side into a big skimmer with the current input side the size of the output area.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave away a few of those skimmers around Denver and the people who got them seemed to be happy with them, Not sure how they compare to a Skilter design wise but they are supposed to have a needle wheel which will help.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right Grim, they do have a needle wheel and I totally forgot to mention that. Thanks.

Karma to you for remembering that.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it Mike. I am getting decent skimmate out of it and on a regular basis. Little wet at this point, but that is because I haven't gotten it set right yet.

Would like it better if it had a surface skimmer with it, but I just aimed my powerhead towards the surface to help breakup the proteins and that seems to be working.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terry, is it possible to trim down the intake tube on that? That would be awesome on my little 2.5 but the intake tube would need to be shortened considerably to allow for the shallow depth of the tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really sure. I would drop them an email and ask them, they answered my questions really quick.
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