local made skimmers

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  1. victor du plessis

    victor du plessis

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    is anyone making skimmers is sa? and what is the diferince between local made and inported skimmers?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i think a company does in CT

    no difference, perspex is perspex
     
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    is there a diferince in price
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    not really no, both involved shipping perspex to SA which is costly, and so is perspex, so you will land up paying the same roughly
     
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    will it not be cheeper to mould it from clear hard plastic at one of the local plastic suppliers
     
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    Trust me... Save yourself a lot of time & money & keep your eyes out for a good second hand skimmer here on masa...
    I have designed & manufactured tons of unique marine hardware myself, & every time it ends up costing just as much, if not more. (Rule of building 1 over building thousands!)
    Although it might cost more, i dont do it for the savings, i do it for the kick of building my own stuff!
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I agree with Visser, however, there is nothing to say that a skimmer has to be made of plastic, nor does it have to be round. ;) A lot of skimmers out there are square, Deltec, Reef Octopus, Hydor, Tunze, Red Sea, AquaC all make square skimmers, mostly for smaller tanks but you can easily upscale them.

    If you're into DIY then with a bit of thought, you can DIY a square skimmer from bits of glass (or plastic), it has been done before and works well, you're not going to get supreme performance like a name brand skimmer, but it'll work, you just need to figure out how to do a collection cup, that's the biggest hurdle.
     
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    I have seen skimmers made out of ice cream tubs.;)
     
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    there is a non sponsor in CT making their own range of skimmers, reactors, etc. have not tested them though
     
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    They work well seen it in action.;) A bit pricey though.
     
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    My diy was a medium sports cone wooden airstone & the biggest battle was the skimmer cup which I stole off my old jebo, but it worked very well just had to change the airstone every few weeks.
     
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    yo can use many materials to make a skimmer depending on how effiecient and pretty you want it to be... from and old silicone tube to a water bottle to a 25lt bucket or even 200lt drum...

    one small hiccup is you will be semi reinventing the wheel and the actuall effectiveness and rating of your DIY will be questionable..

    while i will NEVER discourage somebody from a DIY project.. feasability and time are a major factor here and it will more than likley be cheaper to spend a few bucks more for proven/ factual results as to how the unit operates..
     
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