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nly04 03/30/2021 11:01 AM

Extention adapter
 
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Hi Slief, I just pick up a BK DC180 with red dragon mini speedy DC pump for my 150gal DT. I am run into an issue that I cannot mount the controller outside the stand. The controller is too big that I can not slide it on the back of the stand. At the moment it temporary inside the stand. Most of other skimmer has the adapter between the pump and the controller like in the picture. Is it possible to install something like that?

Also my skimmer is running at lowest speed and currently at 15W. Skimmer is at 7.25 of water. How long will it take to break in and when do I need to adjust the power? What is the optimal power setting for this skimmer? I have total around 50inches of fish at the moment.

Vinny Kreyling 03/30/2021 11:48 AM

Not sure Scott would agree but it is possible as long as the plug is for the correct amount of wires. You know how to solder correct?

nly04 03/30/2021 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Vinny Kreyling (Post 25724204)
Not sure Scott would agree but it is possible as long as the plug is for the correct amount of wires. You know how to solder correct?

Yes, I know how to solder and more. Just want to know if anyone done this before, also I don't want it to void warranty.

nly04 03/30/2021 04:32 PM

Thinking to get this part. What do you think? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...SX117263E&th=1

Vinny Kreyling 03/30/2021 04:58 PM

Should be fine if it fits the wiring.
Install far enough away from pump so no chance for water to make it there.

slief 03/30/2021 05:02 PM

Is your pump the old version that has the motor hardwired to the controller? If so, we don’t offer any options for you. The newer RD3’s all have a quick connect plug on them. My advice would be to keep the controller under the stand. Cutting the cord and extending the cable or adding a plug between the motor and controller will change the impedance of the connection. The RD3 is not a typical DC pump. It’s a high voltage variable speed AC pump. The controller is a computer and there is bi-directional communication between the controller and the motor. Adding a plug could impact the communication due to the impedance change which may have an adverse effect on the pump.

nly04 03/30/2021 05:06 PM

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By the way, this is my skimmer.

nly04 03/30/2021 05:09 PM

@slief. I see your point. Look like I don't have much option and will leave the controller inside the stand.

How long will it take to break in and when do I need to adjust the power? What is the optimal power setting for this skimmer? my skimmer is running at lowest speed and currently at 15W. Skimmer is at 7.25” of water. I have total around 50inches of fish at the moment.

slief 03/30/2021 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by nly04 (Post 25724231)
@slief. I see your point. Look like I don't have much option and will leave the controller inside the stand.

How long will it take to break in and when do I need to adjust the power? What is the optimal power setting for this skimmer? my skimmer is running at lowest speed and currently at 15W. Skimmer is at 7.25” of water. I have total around 50inches of fish at the moment.

Ideal power setting is 18-22w. Break in period is about a week.

If you really want to add a connection, this would be about the best choice. It doesn’t require soldering and I am aware of others that have used this connector with success in the past. While neither myself or Royal Exclusiv advocate this as there IS risk of damaging your controller, this is about the best option.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu7FVg9VbA8

nly04 03/30/2021 08:01 PM

Thank you Slief, I will look into that option.


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