DIY nano skimmer

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  1. Courtney99

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    Hi guys,

    This is my first thread on masa(many more to come i can assure you),I am going to be starting my first marine tank soon but it going to have to be on a students budget.I have DIY'ed many things(overflows,canister filters,inline CO2 diffusers,tanks,sumps etc...)for my FW fish and have always been able to make things that work perfectlt well at minial cost.

    So for me to even remotely be able to afford a SW tank with my (very)modest pocket I need to be creative and resourcefull(I am a 4th year IE student afterall,creative and resourcefull is what i am supposed to do best!),Plus i love making my own things:biggrin:-nothing more satisfying!

    The tank i am planning on building is about 70l(including built in sump),so its not very large-nor am i planning on stocking it heavily.

    So thats the background of my DIY nano skimmer,I built a prototype one yesterday out of a 1l coke bottle,an uplift tube from a sponge filter,and airstone and a pipe that leads to a collection cup outside my sump(MAME style).

    I read that the flow in a sump is often too strong for a "MAME style" skimmer with just the bottom cut off so i decided that i would control the amount of flow with the uplift tube and some small holes(plus it has handy suckers that make it easy to adjust the waterlevel height.

    I cannot test the skimmer cos of 3 things:No SW aquarium(or bucket of sw),I only have an ordinary airstone(will get a wood one as i go along) and i dont have a strong airpump(mine is only about 3l/min).

    As you can see i tested it in my FW fry tank(can anyone guess the fish;)) just for the fun-there was no skimmate(logicly) but seems to function ok.

    So for the questions:*Has anyone tried something similar?
    *Any suggestions?
    *Will it work?
    *Can i diy a wood airstone,if so what kind of wood?
    *It cost me next to nothing to build,anyone be willing to make one and try i out?

    Regards,Courtney

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    Try using a wooden airstone your bubbles are too large. Haven't tried the way you've done it but I used a plastic sports cone & added a cup to collect the skimate but used 2 woden airstones it worked like a bomb.
     
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    where are you situated?
     
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    @mandarinman Rosslyn,Pretoria
    @MistaOrange,thanks for the advice-I mentioned i want to get a wooden airstone in the post!will look at the sports cone or maybe a tennisball tube or something!
     
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    if you were local i would have been able to assist. sorry!:(
     
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    All cool man!I am shure i can get all the help i need locally and on the forum!

    Thanx for the offer!!
     
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    Have you tried google? I found plenty info searching google.
     
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    Yes for sure,google is awesome and a very valuable tool-thats how i got my design sofar:)!But i like asking advice on the local forum because you guys give advice good advice from personal experience.

    Google gives vague answers and cant always be trusted,it also cant comment back on my design:biggrin: and give opinions.
     
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    Will try to take a pic of my DIY skimmer.;)
     
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    @MistaOrange,thanx - would appreciate it!
     
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    I got a nano skimmer leftover from an upgrade.

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    If you want it, you can have it.
     
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    Now that's a bargain:tt2:
     
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    That would be Brilliant,thanx!!!!I will make arrangements with you for a pickup perhaps over the weekend or something?
     
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    Malawi's?
     
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    Hehe,nope.Good old fashioned goldfish...:biggrin:
     
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    That would be awesome!I will definately come and pop in - I need all the inspiration and advice i can get!

    Regards
    Courtney
     
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    Make sure you pick Riaan's brain as he'll convince you to let go of bathwater & get you into saltwater. Trust me it's addictive but in a good way!!!!
     
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    I have definately been bitten by the bug already!Dont think it will take much to wean me off of my tropical fish...

    But it will be difficult to get me off goldies,i love my fancy goldfish!
     
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    We need to work on you!!!!!:tt2:
     
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