Diy Skimmer website

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  1. Fraser W

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    Hi all

    I found a website on building a diy protein skimmer with full pictures and instructions seems like quite a decent build from all the other diys i have seen floating around on the net

    Reef Workshop - DIY Protein Skimmer
     
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    @Fraser W , with all due respect, skimmers nowadays have become so affordable, if you want to run a reef, your skimmer is the heart of your filtration, I would highly recommend you not waste time time diy'ing a skimmer.

    I've seen many of these that worked for 2 months.

    Bite the bullet get you a great skimmer and spend the time dyi'ing time on other things.

    I say this, only because I 100% know when you have this DIY skimmer running you not going to be too happy with its performance.
     
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    Fraser W

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    @Andre@ReefAquatics i do understand where you are coming from and that the skimmer is most important part of the filtration.

    i do already have a "commercial" skimmer.. the reason why i would like to make a skimmer like this is that i do not have enough live rock in my tank and would really like to choose some real nice pieces of live rock next time i am in South Africa and i would like to cure it a bin in the garage and i have also been making frag plugs so it would be nice to just skim something and i like to and its always nice to diy something even if you only gonna test it to end up failing .

    I know that you can get decent skimmers for R1000 and more but for me its not affordable as i have gone over budget setting up my tank .
     
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    Yes sometimes it doesn't turn out cheap once everything has been put together. That is "My beast DIY skimmer" looks like a really nice build @dallasg. What diy skimmer are you going to fabricate have you got your design yet>
     
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    Yip, very similar to this
    finished001.jpg
     
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    I would also like to try my hand at a DIY skimmer. Using a proper pump you could potentially make a beast of a skimmer
     
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    I also don't see nothing wrong with building your own skimmer as long as the pump is good and has a high air suction capacity. I would buy a reef octopus pump and build a skimmer with it for half the price of what a "commercial " skimmer would cost .
     
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    If you read the article there is a lot more than fancy pumps blasting water through the chamber etc
     

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