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causeofhim
02/20/2006, 05:09 PM
Hello,
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
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/causeofhim/body.jpg
2 of these newer style MRC becketts.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/causeofhim/beckett.jpg

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.

Thanks

prugs
02/20/2006, 05:16 PM
This is the thread for you.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=131865
I was going to build one, but I'm going with a recirc style.

Ereefic
02/20/2006, 07:43 PM
Swing by one day Matt, you can check out my skimmer, might give you some ideas.

causeofhim
02/20/2006, 07:54 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?

Ereefic
02/20/2006, 09:38 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.

causeofhim
02/22/2006, 07:53 AM
I was just wondering if any DIYers (Spazz) or MRC users have any advice of modifications or ideas I should consider befor building.

spazz
03/06/2006, 02:25 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.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b308/spazz129/acrylic%20stuff/3aacdf3d.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b308/spazz129/acrylic%20stuff/04b95d8c.jpg

causeofhim
03/06/2006, 07:18 AM
That looks like an awesome skimmer!
Mine will only be a dual beckett though.

spazz
03/06/2006, 09:45 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.

BL
03/06/2006, 11:41 AM
I agree with prugs, Monster Beckett Skimmer by Zeph is a great thread.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/s...threadid=131865

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

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/583/64084Cimg1704A.jpg

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/583/64084Cimg1727A.jpg