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DIY Surface Skimmer for HOB
Old 06-11-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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DIY Surface Skimmer for HOB

In an effort to remove the buildup of surface slime and increase degassing I turned one of my Cascade 150's into a surface skimmer. The amount of skimming action can be regulated by how high the nylon sock is raised on the intake tube(last picture). The last section is a tight fit but it can be removed and a sponge added to the PVC as well.
I used 1/2"NSF-pw(for potable water) PVC piping-short sections of pipe, couplings, elbows, and an old intake tube extension from an Aquaclear HOB.(I never throw anything away...LOL)
Also one of my Wife's nylon socks and a couple rubber bands...the cost of doing that is unknown at this time..though I'm sure I'll hear about it from her
It covers the white PVC and looks alot better but also serves the purpose of regulating the skimming.
Total cost of project was under $5



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Old 06-13-2007, 04:34 PM   #2
 
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lol, cool idea...I dig it I love custom made stuff. I once made an awesome filter for a red-eared slider turtle tank in one of the stores I worked at just with parts lying around in the back.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:46 AM   #3
 
wow, that's awesome. I just posted it on this other board I go to here with a link back to you.... anything mixing quality and money smarts needs be spread around
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:37 AM   #4
 
Whats the use of a surface skimmer?

Hi,

Sorry, Im new to the skimmers, so want to know these-

What actually is the slime that you are talking about?
Does it form in SW/FW or both?

How exactly does the skimmer you have designed work?

Thanks

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:01 AM   #5
 
Re: Whats the use of a surface skimmer?

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Hi,

Sorry, Im new to the skimmers, so want to know these-

What actually is the slime that you are talking about?
Does it form in SW/FW or both?

How exactly does the skimmer you have designed work?

Thanks

:)
A surface skimmer is different than a skimmer.

In a SW tank, algea often forms on the glass, and then gets in your tank, and then gets at the surface. I have a terrible surface algea problem right now, which I have been looking for a SS.

A skimmer actually removes things from the water. These would be harmful nutrients that the skimmer extracts out. Targets much more than just getting rid of surface scum.
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