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Old 12-31-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Homemade protein skimmer

I have a 39gal home built tank with a 8 gal sump and very little height to fit in and larger skimmer! I currently have a tunze 9002 and find it will not be adequate once the tank is fully stocked!
I think building my own is a good option, any recommendations!
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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When you build one, let me know. I would like to build one too.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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If you have good acrylic skills and access to the tubing, why not?
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:00 PM   #4
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That's what I was thinking because I do have access to acrylic tube!
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:04 PM   #5
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Just go look at some production units. I built my own skimmer many years ago and it's still working today as a backup. Getting all the joints tight so the bonding fluid can wick into the seams and make a good bond is important. I would go with a needle wheel pump to produce the bubbles. You could go re-circulating with a bit more trouble.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:48 PM   #6
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might as well just spend that extras 100-200 and buy a proper one rather than going through all the trouble of building one and hoping itll work how you want it to
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:00 PM   #7
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Problem is space under my display tank , I only have 16" in height! I havnt found any skimmers rated for my tank that will fit!
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:03 PM   #8
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what about 2 smaller skimmers?
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:15 PM   #9
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And half the fun is always building for me
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:17 PM   #10
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Reef Workshop - DIY Protein Skimmer

this guy looks like he knows what hes talking about for DIY
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