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Old 08-10-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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DIY protein skimmer

I looked at the skimmers at the LFS and nomatter how much engineering or design went into making them, I don't think I'm wanting to pay 200 bucks or more for an empty acrylic tube, some fittings, and a pump. So I think I'll DIY it!

I already have the pump and air injector figured out. The only thing I'm stuck on is what to use as the reactor chamber. I know there are people that have used PVC but there has to be something else! Anyone have any ideas? I was kind of thinking something like a soda bottle, or some kind of Tupperware container thing.

If I had the tools, I'd make one out of all acrylic. But I don't so I guess it's improvising time.
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DIY Protein Skimmer from PVC (DIY FILTER PROJECTS) lol hope this helps. Just google "diy protein skimmer" and you will get a bunch of designs.
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Thanks. I've been googeling (if that's a word O_o) for an hour or so and I see a lot of PVC designs. I know I'll end up just buying one but I'll make one till I have the money to buy one.
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I think I may be on to something.. It is KIND of like the AquaC type of skimmer with a mixing tower and a box on the bottom.. Defiantly not going to be as effective but might as well make something!

Basically, I have a Quiet One 1200 and a venturi that injects bubbly water into an empty carbon container. I plan to drill a hole in the lid to fit a water bottle (foam rising chamber I guess?) I have no real way of testing it though... I don't even have salt in the tank yet xD.
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acrylic tubes are readily available for purchase online as well.

BTW a quality skimmer for your 75G shouldn't run you more than 130-150. You want to go knock off, 60-80. Even the knockoffs have some limited value due to the pacific rim areas knowledge of copying (some would say stealing).

IMO buy the skimmer and build yourself a denitrator. BEST thing going.. When you do it right, using a recirc design, nitrates in... ZERO out.

But then again Lowes/HD/etc don't make gazillions from contractors. There's a lesson there somewhere I think.

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acrylic tubes are readily available for purchase online as well.

BTW a quality skimmer for your 75G shouldn't run you more than 130-150. You want to go knock off, 60-80. Even the knockoffs have some limited value due to the pacific rim areas knowledge of copying (some would say stealing).

IMO buy the skimmer and build yourself a denitrator. BEST thing going.. When you do it right, using a recirc design, nitrates in... ZERO out.

But then again Lowes/HD/etc don't make gazillions from contractors. There's a lesson there somewhere I think.

All proffered in a IMO, non offensive, nicey nice posting..............IMO
Yea I'm planning on buying a REAL skimmer eventually. (probably after christmas)

Do you have a link to where I can find out more about a denitrator? Sounds intresting.
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Give me till tomorrow.. I have to hit up a friend of mine from another forum. I'll PM you the link.
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Update to anyone that possibly cares:

Just made myself a skimmer, can't tell if its working yet because theres nothing in the tank LOL.

The only problem is that there is a massive amount of micro bubbles that come out. I'm going to try putting an elbow in but that will be a challange. (the chamber is an apple juice bottle LOL)
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(the chamber is an apple juice bottle LOL)

very cool lol
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Alrighty. Here's some pics of what it looks like. I need to do a few more adjustments but from what I've seen so far, it pulls out some gunk.







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