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Old 02-05-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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DIY Protein Skimmer????

So I am new to the whole salt water aquarium thing and I am building my own as much as possible (I like to build stuff ) and I found these plans for a DIY Protein Skimmer Reef Workshop - DIY Protien Skimmer. For the most part the construction is self explanitory of the main skimmer, but I am not familiar with what he means by a High(er) pressure pump is. As well as where, or how to hook it to this thing when I am finished. I am only building a 26 gallon aquarium so I am thinking this is way more then I need for this build (a larger aquarium may follow this one if all goes well with it). Do you think this is to much for a 26 gallon, or should I go one Ebay or a LFS to get a $50 one? Any help is welcome.

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Old 02-05-2010, 09:26 PM   #2
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You honestly don't need a skimmer on tanks less than 30 gallons as a simple weekly water change will accomplish the same thing. Welcome to AA!
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:33 PM   #3
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So you do weekly water changes on salt tanks? Like I said I'm still new, have only had freashwater tanks. Thanks again.
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Yup, water changes are basically the same as freshwater, you just need the salt. Temp. match the water in a bucket or rubbermaid container and mix salt up in that container with a powerhead for an hour or two, and you are good to go. Add freshwater when the water level gets low from evaporation. Once you get started, you'll get the hang of it fast.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:46 PM   #5
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Ok I thought you ment complete change the water completely. Adding water I understand. So am I right in saying when you get the salt added all you do is add water with evaporation and the only time you have to add salt again is if the density checker says the salt is low? Is that right?
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Err...no, when water evaporates, you need to replace it with freshwater, each week, you need to take water out of the tank, and replace it with temp. and SG matched water.
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Yeah thats basically what I was saying. I was thinking that since I am gonna be using a sump filter I could add the water to that but the SG is that like the dinsity of the water? Like use a water gage (can't remeber what they are called) to measure the salt to water ratio? I think I am understanding what your saying and thinking the same thing just not wording it like you have is all.
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Ahh, ok, misread your post the wrong way, sorry about that. What you are referring to is the hydrometer, which is inaccurate. Get a refractometer instead, a little more expensive, but worth the money. SG is specific gravity. Adding water to the sump is fine.
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Ok cool. Thanks for the help.
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No problem, have fun with the build and setup!
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