View Full Version : Help me plan my skimmer

02/20/2006, 06:09 PM
I will be beginning a DIY skimmer soon. I want to build one that will handle my future (dream) system:
+ 125-210 gal softie/LPS tank
+ 60-120 gal SPS tank
+ (2) 55 gal frag tanks
+ 55 gal sump
Total may be up to 500 gals
My mixed tank will be heavily stocked and I like to overskim.

So, I have a couple of things on their way now:
8" diameter skimmer body made of 3/16" cast tube & is 32" tall
2 of these newer style MRC becketts.

I'm not sure if I should used both becketts or just one. Also not sure if I should make it recirculating or not. Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated.


02/20/2006, 06:16 PM
This is the thread for you.
I was going to build one, but I'm going with a recirc style.

02/20/2006, 08:43 PM
Swing by one day Matt, you can check out my skimmer, might give you some ideas.

02/20/2006, 08:54 PM
After seeing your post of your monster, it got me thinking. I was going to ask if I could come by and "borrow" some ideas from that.
I think that is about what I'll end up doing. Are you happy with the recirculating becketts?

02/20/2006, 10:38 PM
Let me know when you wanna come by, i'm usually around.

I do like the recirculating skimmer, if mainly for the fact you can run an overflow directly into it. Not sure how it compares to a non-recirculating, because this one is huge compared to the other ones i've ran.

02/22/2006, 08:53 AM
I was just wondering if any DIYers (Spazz) or MRC users have any advice of modifications or ideas I should consider befor building.

03/06/2006, 03:25 AM
a couple of things to consider with this skimmer are... you might want to make it recirculating. it would perform alot better as a recirculating skimmer than a standard beckett. and you might want to add a baffle in the lower box just before the out put fitting to prevent any micro bubbles from escaping the box. a quad beckett will produce a large amount of bubbles. that bodie will be small for quad becketts so have a valve in line to adjust for it. other wise you will never get super fine bubbles. hee is a quad beckett i built. its a 12" diam main body that stands 54" tall. the body is too small for that many becketts. but the pump that runs it is 2 hp also.


03/06/2006, 08:18 AM
That looks like an awesome skimmer!
Mine will only be a dual beckett though.

03/06/2006, 10:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6891416#post6891416 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by causeofhim
That looks like an awesome skimmer!
Mine will only be a dual beckett though.
i would still think about adding the baffle it the box and making it recirculating. a dual beckett will give you about 70 scfh of air with the right pump hooked to it. any more air than that and your bubbles will get too big.

03/06/2006, 12:41 PM
I agree with prugs, Monster Beckett Skimmer by Zeph is a great thread.

I built this Recirculation Dual Injector Beckett Skimmer for my friend, and he is very happy with Recirculating Becketts Skimmer performance.