I bought an aquaclear surface skimmer and need a filter to hook it up to. Im trying to use the skimmer to suck up all the watermeal and other floating plants blocking light. Should i just get a small aquaclear hob filter? Anyone have any input on size or anything else i could be missing?
Yeah the link KH2PO4 should be a good temporary fix. The surface skimmers would clog really fast and won't get the bigger floaters. That's a good DIY for after trimming, especially HC, DHG and those smaller leaf ground covers.
Funny you should mention surface skimmers. I am researching how best to go about this very thing. I notice these Tom's and Fluval and Aquaclear units all look pretty-much the same except for packaging and minor things like attachments. My 40b has an FX5 on it with 1" intake hose. I don't want to choke it back at all, so I was thinking that maybe if I got two of these things that there would be enough flow out of both of them into a PVC wye then into the canister hose, it would be enough. Any advice?
I am looking at: 260829311908 on e-bay X2
BTW - I tried that upside down soda bottle trick. Helpful hint: Don't use a Maxi-Jet 1200!!! That thing almost pulled the silicone out of the corners!!!
I wound up putting 2 air stones on opposite sides of my tank in the back corners on a $10 walmart air pump and timer. Turn on for 30 minutes in the middle of the day when lights are off and no more scum. Works like a charm! No CO2 impact.