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Old 02-22-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
skimmer help

im not to sure how a skimmer really works does anyone have any planes for a DIY skimmer? im om a budget and cannot afford one
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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i don't think there are diy skimmers.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:31 PM   #3
i have found a few diy skimmer plnes online but in not sure how they work if soeone could explain to me the process of how a skiimer works that would be great thanx :D
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:29 AM   #4
Well from what people suggest around forums is to buy the best protein skimmer you can afford.
So probably trying to save money by making a DIY protein skimmer could be a bad idea.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:05 AM   #5
lastone, at least you can tell us what size of tank that you want to put the skimmer on... someone will point out where to get the cheapest skimmer. I got mine for $30 (include shipping) and I am happy with it.
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:03 PM   #6
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There are several DIY skimmer plans available on the internet. It just takes some searching. I know of a good number of people who have successfully built their own skimmers at a fraction of the cost of purchasing an equivalent.

the basics are as follows

the water is mixed with tiny bubbles in the skimmer chamber.

Dissolved organic compounds have electrically charged polar regions which are attracted to the water/air interface (the dissolved organics in the water stick to the surface of the bubbles)

The dissolved organic laden bubbles collect in a foam of frothy nastiness at the top of the skimmer and are pushed into the collection cup where they build up until you empty the collection cup. (the stuff you are dumping is referred to as "Skimmate")

The clean water exits through the bottom of the skimmer

the efficency of a skimmer is directly effected by both the bubble size (should be about the size of the ball tip of a ballpoint pen) and the length of time the water remains in contact with the air bubbles.

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