Could I DIY this skimmer? Sapphire Skimmer for JBJ Nano Cube

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  1. Matt

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    Was looking over at nanocustoms.com and they sell a skimmer build for the 24G JBJ Nano Cube. Looks awesome and apparently really effective.

    Problem is at $125 EXCLUDING SHIPPING its going to be one VERY expensive piece of kit (in relation to what it is). I know a skimmer isn't essential with religious water changes but if I could DIY this i'd give it a go! Here's what it looks like, is it quite complecaed or not really?


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    They make custom ones for the 12G, as well as all other all in one nano's.
     
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    matt, to do this, you going to have to cut the lid - on top not on the side like you did for the chiller - have a look at the jbj 28g nano cube with mh - they come std with this type of skimmer - adam is getting some soon
     
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    shan: this skimmer is custom made at nanotuners.com to fit in the rear compartment WITHOUT modification. here's what the website says:

    "The Sapphire NanoSkimmer NC24 was specifically designed to operate in the JBJ Nanocube 24 while still being able to close the stock lid, but may be used in sumps or other saltwater applications. It measures 2.25"x4"x11"; including the collection cup at its maximum height and the pump it stands at 13.5". It is simple to install and the only adjustment needed is to fine tune the height of the collection cup. After a short break in period, there are no micro-bubbles released into the tank due to the two separate bubble traps built into the skimmer. Additionally it is virtually noiseless since the clean water return is below the water level which eliminates splashing inside the overflow and the air intake has a built in silencer.This product was tested extensively at the Nanotuners Labs and has passed our rigorous inspection method for quality, ease of use, and functionality.

    We recommend the use of a surface skimmer, so if you don't already have one, the SRS nanoskim is essential to maintaining proper water levels for optimum skimmer operation."
     
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    never knew this existed - looks cool

    if you can DIY then fantastic - make me one too
     
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    Hi Matt - perhaps ask Zookeeper's or perhaps Hennie's assistance on the DIY part - perhaps it is not TOO difficult to DIY.
     
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    Hennie being Kanga?? :blushing:
     
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    Hi Matt - no - Hennie being "Reef Maniac".... Kanga = Hermann. Hermann is really good with tank designs on Google Sketchup. Not so sure about skimmer designs though ;-) BUT, go ahead and ask him.
     
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    looks cool dude,if you build this you are "koning":thumbup:
     
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    Haha yes, I will have mastered the lack of product imports into this country! hahaha *evil laugh*
     
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    Ok with all that confusion :p Hennie(Reef Maniac) or Alan, Obi Wan etc would be our skimmer go to guys. But for what its worth that skimmer does not look too difficult to DIY

    Some concerns though
    • Acrylic will be pricey bit will be the best bet
    • Perspex will be much cheaper but will go yellow after a while
    • I would imagine if you ge the measurements a little wrong it might not work as intended
    • you could get acrylic tubing, but I am not to sure about perpex (if not it means you will have to glue PVC to perpex)
    But hell anything is possible:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for the input Kanga ;) Well this goes for $125, plus about $40 for shipping, so total cost is around $165 / R1270 - seem's VERY expensive for what it is. I'm sure even though acrylic is pricey it still won't be anywhere near this expensive? ;)
     
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    Ok Zookeeper is the DIY guy so he might be able to help.


    BTW. Obi Wan normally sell a boyu nano skimmer that might impress you will see if I can get a pic
     
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    Another thing Matt - that skimmer you are quoting - is that the online prices, or did you actually email the people to get a quote? International shipping is EXTREMELY expensive, and the quoted $40 might end up being quote a bit more...
     
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    Wow that's tiny. Does it have a built in pump in the bottom or is it airstone driven?
     
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    maat dont know who lied to you a skimmer is very essential get one:razz:

    also reeftek about the cheapest now but dont skimp
     
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    I completely disagree actually, with regular water changes you can run a very healthy system without problems. A skimmer would just be a nice addition
     
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    You 100% correct Matt - skimmer is very good to have to ensure little bit of extra "security". If you are diligent with your water changes, then you don't HAVE to get a skimmer. Just makes one's life that little bit easier.
     
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    Complexity a possibility

    Just a REAL impt note.
    These are designed for USA.
    110V , what a waste of a pump you cannot reliably use, without AC adaptors etc.

    Guarantee will be void, item used outside of normal operating conditions.

    Making one? SURE! It is not difficult, it doesn't have to look perfectly neat, if seams are untidy ..SO WHAT!? It's hidden away, in rear chamber.

    You'll find various plans for similar units online..if u look hard enuf.

    Hard part is to find a suitably MATCHED air:water output pump thats SMALL ENOUGH, THEN it'll be great.

     
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    Thank you Liaquat! Always appreciate your input!
     
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