View Full Version : Using Skimmer pump to drain water?

07/19/2017, 07:28 PM
I have a red dragon skimmer pump handy, (my Skimmer isn't set up right now as we just moved) and I need to drain water out of the tank to do a water change, the pump I normally use is in storage and I can't get to it for another 2 weeks.

I was wondering if in the interim I can somehow setup the skimmer pump to drain water? Could be difficult but don't want to buy a new pump when I know I have one in a box in storage.

Let me know your thoughts?

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07/19/2017, 07:32 PM
depends on the type of pump.. If its a needle wheel pump You will have almost no head height and very little water volume. You will have to shut off the air injection port.

if its a venturi skimmer with a impeller pump they are the same as all other magnetic drive pumps. again you want to remove or close off the air injection port..

07/21/2017, 02:12 PM
I just borrowed a friends MJ1200 in the end.

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