Yes, failure with the PVC protein skimmer. I am sure it can be done, however within this size tank, I think there is not enough space. So I decided to find another way to remove phosphates from the water.
Voila a miracle refugium built with the light that I started with! I had to modify the black lid on the tank but after a few drops of super glue and a metal saw blade, it was a perfect fit. Now you may be wondering how I am able to keep this macro algae from entering the sump pump, and that is a great question. I went to the local pet store and bought a large pad of bio-foam for a different sump and cut it to size. I wedged it down beneath the macro algae and things have been going great!
I have plans on upgrading the lighting in the back by building an LED assembly with drivers and all but that will be a ways away.