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any good surface skimmer?

my 40 galon has surface scum problems. i searched this forum and google with good design results, but none of them satisfy me.

i don't want to modify my canister filter inlet so i need a different seperate design, probably with it's own powerhead.

i want to make an overflow box with sponge inside connected to a powerhead. is this possible? i don't think the powerhead is powerful enough to make the water surface inside the box lower than the outside to make the surface flowing inside.

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hmm see my quoted part of his post

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i don't want to modify my canister filter inlet so i need a different seperate design, probably with it's own powerhead.

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anyone?

i'm thinking that it's not possible to skim the surface if the powerhead and the overflow box are both inside the aquarium. no matter how strong the powerhead is, it will not make the water surface inside the box lower than the water outside.

the easiest model i can think of right now is buy a HOB and modify the intake to turn upwards near the surface.

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This is the best way, trouble free, easy and way more cost affective. Buying another HOB, not so sure?????????????????????????????????????????
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hmmm so that kind of product is attachable to the intake. i didn't notice that before. i might pick up one locally here if there's one exist. thanks for the response guys!!!


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If not you can use your lily pipe (assuming you use them) to skim surface scum by simply raising them out of the water by about half.
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that would create a lot of current above

i bought one similar to spypet's link. works well but cut the bottom inlet's sucking capacity by half.


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