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Old 12-23-2005, 07:50 PM   #1
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skimmer plans

hello again. i was hoping any of you could help me figure out how to build a skimmer for my 10 gallon tank and 10 gallon sump. i left for about ten days and i noticed dirty bubbles on the surface. i figured i better get a skimmer fo rit. my problem is that all the plans i fond seem to build really big skimmers. i was wodering if i can modify the plans to a smallwer size or should i just buy one? thanks again.
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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have you seen anything like this?
http://www.reefs.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php

and these airstones make full sized BIG skimmers worthwhile even with needlewheel pumps being available now.. :P
http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/.../9751/cid/2328
there are some smaller stones in there if you look close..

I would upsize the parts on the skimmer in the fist link to one size bigger.. make sure to get a VERY good airpump and order a little airstone from the second link.. If I wanted a killer DIY skimmer for the job....

if I was to price a prefab for the job.. Id look at the CSS 65's price (it would be good for a tank about 30gallons so it would be a bit bigger then needed but I wouldnt want to spend more then that on a DIY job if you know what I mean)
ok.. those are 90 bucks.... you should be able to tackle this for much less if your so inclined.. :P
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Old 12-29-2005, 08:27 PM   #3
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i think i'm going to get that new nano skimmer. it looks like it will do the job. thanks
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:56 PM   #4
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link? Im not sure what your talking about.. :P
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Old 12-31-2005, 11:28 PM   #5
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here is a link to the skimmer i'm talking about. http://www.aquarium-supply.biz/order...er_fission.htm
by the way i couldn't get that first link of yours it couldn't be found.
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I goofed on the first link..
http://www.reefs.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=46567
the pictures dont work unless your a member of the fourm though..
he has parts lists though..
the poster seems to think the design as is would be good for up to 20 gallons.. It should do as is.. :P

Ive seen the nano skimmer and its rated for 12 gallon nano cubes..
it wouldnt give you much leaway.. I honestly wouldn't be comfortable with a skimmer that wasnt rated for at least twice my system volume.. thats JMHO though..
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maji- i looked at those plans, and i like the price. so i think i'm going to do that instead. thanks for saving me $$ and probably many headaches!! and one question if you don't mind. i assume the wooden airstone releases smaller bubbles (but i don't know). so how powerful of an airpump will i need? or can i use one of my little airpump? thanks again
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