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post #1 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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My LFS said my skimmer was no good-What?

I put together a hang on skimmer from parts that seems to work pretty good. The collection box may need a little mods.My LFS said that only skimmers using designed components [collection box, pump, etc] would work correctly. Do I hear a sale of a skimmer from him ringing in my ears?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 12:28 PM
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Yup.

I've seen plenty of DIY skimmers. There's nothing magical about them.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 12:28 PM
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hey if your collect brown gue stuff @ the top, then its workin fine. ! no need for bad sale's rep comments :D
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 04:35 PM
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ha I just made a skimmer out of a 2 liter bottle, some clear PVC and an air stone and air pump. It seems to work fine. Just a question, was this a chain store?

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Not a chain store. He is trying to sell me a CPR back pack for $149 that I can buy on Ebay for $99
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 08:42 PM
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Not a chain store. He is trying to sell me a CPR back pack for $149 that I can buy on Ebay for $99
A CPR Back Pak? Really?

$149 is a good price actually, but the unit itself is very poor quality. This skimmer is basically a piece of junk and odds are what you have built at home will work just as well.

As a general rule, whenever I see the phrase "my LFS told me....." I know that something is about to be worth a good laugh.
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A CPR Back Pak? Really?

$149 is a good price actually, but the unit itself is very poor quality. This skimmer is basically a piece of junk and odds are what you have built at home will work just as well.

As a general rule, whenever I see the phrase "my LFS told me....." I know that something is about to be worth a good laugh.

i agree! Don't get the Skilter or clone either!

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 09:15 PM
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Pasfur and others, you have saved me a bunch of money-THANKS!!!!!!!!
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Post some pics. Perhaps you can help someone save a bunch of money too!

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-18-2009, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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I may havt to re-adjust the position of the trap. I think too high above the water. How high above the water level should it be?
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