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Thread: Water height for skimmer

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    Jul 2014
    Oakbank, Canada

    Water height for skimmer

    When using a skimmer such as the Haywood wall mount version, what is the intended height of water for it to have proper operation? 1" above bottom of opening, 2" 3" ???
    I would like to put one on my 16' Ultra, but don't really want to lose water height.
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    Feb 2013
    Worcester, MA Suburb

    Re: Water height for skimmer

    I keep my water lever about 1.5" from the top of the opening. If much lower, then the skimmer starts to suck air and creates a vortex in the skimmer. But your results may vary depending on the power of your pump.
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    Feb 2015
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

    Re: Water height for skimmer

    The usual height is about halfway... it all depends where your installing it... some of the good people here have installed above the main seam... others below it....
    I'm sure one of those people will chime in shortly... good luck with the install.

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    Jun 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Re: Water height for skimmer

    Regardless of how high you mount the skimmer, the water level needs to be at 1/2-2/3 up the skimmer height. If you mount it high enough, you wont lose any water height.
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    Sep 2010
    Miami, FL

    Re: Water height for skimmer

    The higher you install the skimmer the more you have to watch for your water level, it can be done and is good to not loose water level, I am planning to install a automatic water level to compensate for this, but I think it's worth....
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    Jun 2016
    Simi Valley, CA

    Re: Water height for skimmer

    With my setup I need to keep the water above the 1/2 way point or I start pulling air into the filter.

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