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Thread: Skimmer performance with Variable Speed Pumps

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    Skimmer performance with Variable Speed Pumps

    Has anyone noticed a degrading of their skimmer's performance when using a variable speed pump and slowing it down in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations?

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    Re: Skimmer performance with Variable Speed Pumps

    Sure. Skimmers need a certain minimum water flow to work correctly. Sometimes with a variable speed pump you need to experiment a little to find the minimum speed that will get the skimmer(s) to work correctly.
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    Re: Skimmer performance with Variable Speed Pumps

    I've found this helps some when running at low speeds. It's about 24 inches long
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    Re: Skimmer performance with Variable Speed Pumps

    I'm looking at this and wondered if anyone had used it:
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