How to Mod the Sea Clone

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers' started by RHorton, Dec 21, 2008.

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  1. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    Using an air stone won't work, it doesn't create small enough bubbles like the wooden diffuser will. I have tried many times before with a stone and never could get them to create foam (the bubbles are just to big).
     
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  3. Russter

    Russter Flamingo Tongue

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    Here is one week of collection from my SeaClone with the fishing line mod and using part of a rubber glove to help seal the collection cup to the main body. I noticed a huge difference in amount of bubbles after I modded the impeller. For smaller tanks, people on a budget, or people who didn't know better when they bought one (like me :-/), this mod makes a mediocre piece of equipment into a useful one.
     

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  4. grubbsj

    grubbsj Gigas Clam

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    I made the "drilled holes" version of the above mods, with out adding the air diffuser, and have not been able to get skimate that dark... I still use this skimmer for the few times I need/want a skimmer on the medic/quarantine tank... Time to add the diffuser...

    Thank you for the update to Modifying the SeaClone.
     
  5. prat4821

    prat4821 Astrea Snail

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    This is the best set of pictures I've been able to find for the bio-wheel mod; pretty simple stuff.

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    Seems like a useful trick for making a moderately viable supplemental skimmer.
     
  6. GarB3ar

    GarB3ar Astrea Snail

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    Just modded mine, did the impeller, tom i am going to stop by the LFS and pick up an air diffuser. Hopefully once i get my sump setup I can get another Skimmer.
     
  7. s10lowrider1994

    s10lowrider1994 Feather Duster

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    We picked one up along with a bunch of other random marine goodies for $25 recently. Some local guy bought a big marine setup and decided to use it a freshwater so he put everything saltwater related that came with it on craigslist for $25. It sucked stock so we modded the tubes, added a new flow control, sealed the cup to the main body and ran a rigid airline straight to the bottom with a wooden airstone. Considering what it cost total it is working out pretty good so far.
     
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  9. kimberlee

    kimberlee Flamingo Tongue

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    I have to agree, I'm the on the budget type, and ended up w/ this skimmer. Didn't work all that great, them we ran across theses same instructions to mod it. I must of been lucky w/ the mods, because mine works better than I could of hoped for, and I've had no good reason to get another skimmer. For those who are on the fence about bothering w/ the mods, they can work, and are worth trying.

    Great step by step guide, it's very easy to follow.
     
  10. michaellis93

    michaellis93 Plankton

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    is the air diffuser supposed to spin around and tap and stuff?
     
  11. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    nope the air diffuser just sits in the bottom of the tube and creates air bubbles.
     
  12. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    very nice!