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Old 07-07-2015, 09:18 PM   #11
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this is the latest picture. it's had to prime itself again because I shut off the skimmer for modifications. I also added more pvc to make an actual cup for skimmate. I'll figure out a lid after work and maybe install the drain line as well. it's looking nice and green and gross though! haha
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:35 PM   #12
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You're dong great with this!!
I am all skimmer!!
One of if not most important piece of equipment.
This is a picture of my MTC HSA 1000

It is about 4' tall with ozone being injected by an alita 6a air pump!
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I did not buy this unit!!!!But I love it!!!
Make a skimmer as tall as you possibly can to increases air contact time.
I dream of the 6-8 ' tall skimmer and most I see being clear ,I would watch it like the tank.
They impress me.
You got a nice build and knowledge base going on here!
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:26 AM   #13
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wow now that's impressive. that skimmer is massive! It really makes me think of how basic mine is haha. I've always got plenty of room to improve I guess.

I'm quickly learning how important it is to have a skimmer. I've already seen the benefits from it in my DT.

I really appreciate all of the helpful tips you've given me!
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #14
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so gross but sooo nice lol
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That is killer skimmate!
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Hey I just wanted to give an update on this skimmer. After about a week it stopped producing skimmate altogether. At that point I took your advice and added a way to regulate how full the skimmer could get. Now my skimmer is making skimmate like CRAZY. I added a lid with venting holes and the skimmate is even poring out of that. I have yet to make a drain line from the cup because of the way I designed the collection cup I don't have any space to work with between the spout and the wall of the cup. I'm working on a redesign of this part to install a drain line
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I also made a way to pass the airline through the side of the skimmer instead of down the entire neck and body.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:00 AM   #18
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I finally remade the collection cup by tearing apart what I had and rearranging some things. I love this design much more then the old one and it's much taller.

Lid with vent holes..
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Still no drain line. I don't have the right drill bits to make a good hole to install something water tight..
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Inside the cup. Spout is thin 1inch pipe rather then a bulky reducer. This opens tons of space inside the collection cup..
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2 inch pvc reducer glued to an upside down 3 inch to 2 inch pvc reducer..which has a 2 inch to 1 inch reducer glued in the center of both. Then a 1 inch pipe coming from the center.
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Nice!
Glad to see you are still improving.
IMO when you know what you want and know how to get it/build it you are SO FAR AHEAD OF THE CROWD!!
Great build and mods!!
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I would love to do this but they all seem super tall and not that easy to hide. I know the other half would hate looking at something like this next to the tank. We have minimal space behind it as well.
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