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SchnitzelReef
08/04/2017, 12:36 PM
https://youtu.be/lZcQ-2ZlIK4

I setup a peristaltic pump in my shed, and it draws skimmate from my skimmer drain and pumps it into a drain on my side yard. I've had it setup this way for about 2 years. With my ATB auto neck cleaner, I only clean my skimmer cup every 3-4 months.

The main reason I did this was so I didn't have to store the skimmate underneath my stand where it could stink up my living room. Super convenient. [emoji1303]

Wiskey
08/04/2017, 12:52 PM
That is really cool! My sump walls are too high to gravity drain my skimmer cup and that's annoyed me for some time. I never thought of doing this! Brilliant.

Whiskey

SchnitzelReef
08/04/2017, 01:03 PM
That is really cool! My sump walls are too high to gravity drain my skimmer cup and that's annoyed me for some time. I never thought of doing this! Brilliant.

Whiskey



Yep. Surprised more people aren't doing it. It's super easy.

SchnitzelReef
08/04/2017, 01:07 PM
Here's the pump I use.
https://youtu.be/MTgNaRQ_giY

Arringar
08/06/2017, 03:26 PM
Does the pump have sufficient suction to prevent/dislodge clogs? My gravity fed drain clogs every few weeks or so.

sparker1663
08/06/2017, 11:14 PM
I just gravity drain my skimmer cup to the laundry down pipe on the other side of the wall. Works a treat, half fills cup, then siphons the entire cup out :)

d0ughb0y
08/06/2017, 11:48 PM
The main reason I did this was so I didn't have to store the skimmate underneath my stand where it could stink up my living room. Super convenient. [emoji1303]



Doesn't the skimmer cup cover have holes yet it does not stink up the house?

SchnitzelReef
08/07/2017, 09:45 AM
Doesn't the skimmer cup cover have holes yet it does not stink up the house?



So you prefer storing skimmate under your tank ?? [emoji848]

d0ughb0y
08/07/2017, 09:59 AM
just pointing out that pretty much everyone that has a skimmer essentially has skimmate stored under the tank and nobody complains about smell stinking up the house.

saving the step of emptying the skimmate container is a good reason to run the hose directly to a drain.