View Full Version : Smallest Footprint In Sump Skimmer

01/07/2008, 10:06 PM
What in sump skimmer has the smallest foot print? I'm looking for a replacement skimmer to fit in the skimmer chamber behind the false wall in my custom AIO. The skimmer space was designed for a Tunze Nano DOC 9002 and is 6"x4" with 11" of water depth.

You can see a picture displaying the space available below. The one up side is that the overflow chamber on the far left is about 3" off the bottom and that chamber is 6"x5" (although this doesn't show up well in the picture) so theoretically the feed pump could be put in here and the skimmer body in the skimmer chamber as long as the feed line to the skimmer is located somewhere near the bottom 3" of the skimmer.


For example, something like this: http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=PC-PS-100P&Category_Code=pacificskimmer would fit but I have a feeling it's junk (oddly that was a skimmer I had originally looked at when planning this tank)

01/07/2008, 10:28 PM
And this might work if the pump can be laid on its side and I can plumb the outlet to feed the skimmer with a length of vinyl tubing without compromising the skimmer's efficiency.


01/09/2008, 07:03 AM

01/09/2008, 07:12 AM
As far as I know the Tunze has the smallest foot print by far. Why not use that?

01/09/2008, 09:10 AM
it looks like you have a ~45g cube, i think the only route you're going to be able to take other than the one you have is some type of hang on skimmer, OR, you could use a recirc skimmer if you put it on a stand behind your tank and raise it above your tank. Otherwise, most of the in sump skimmers are going to have a footprint too big for your filtration area back there. You'll reduce the effectiveness of that skimmer by adding nylon tubing, you'll basically be adding more back pressure to it.