my DIY square skimmer

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  1. brettb2020

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    Had some perspex offcuts lying around so decided to make a skimmer with it. I took the basic dimensions from a ts3. Lets hope it operates like one!

    I used tensol-12 to glue everything together. that stuff is a nightmare to work with! 100 times worse than silicone! after a few months running all the messy bits should covered up:razz:

    here are some pics of the progress so far, just need to put the pipes in and put the bottom on :thumbup:

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    very cool cant wait to see it working
     
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    Awesome Brett! What pump you gonna be running it with?
     
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    bubble blaster 3000 would work well
     
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    I have a king 3A that im gonna use. just need to get a pin wheel impeller or make one. It has no impeller at all at the moment actually. anyone know where I can get one?
     
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    Check with Marco for the impeller Brett.
     
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    flip wouldnt mind one of those:)
     
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    leka leka
     
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    WOW Brett! That skimmer is looking SUPER AWESOME man! What pump/s are you thinking of using with your DIY skimmer?
     
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    Great Diy Brett,
    You have some good Diy skills.
    I have a question for all of you, if one was to make a square cone reaction chamber for a skimmer would the angles be 45*
    I know that the angles for a square are at 45* but if you make a square cone are the angles still at 45* all the way up?
    Sorry for the hijack Brett as I said great build.
    Cheers
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    thanks :)planning on using a king 3A with diy pin or mesh wheel.

    howzat shane. haha! dude where did you go to school? the angle's of the square are 90 degree's! :razz: but yes the angle will remain at 90 degrees all the way up :thumbup:
     
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    I think Shane is talking about making a skimmer in the shape of a square cone, i.e. a large base narrowing towards the top, like pyramid. If so then 45 degrees is going to be far too low, I would think something along the lines of about 60 to 70 degrees would be better, otherwise your base is going to be far too wide.

    Great work on the skimmer Brett, :thumbup1: What are you going to use to drill holes in the perspex?
     
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    If one looks at a square frame then the corner angles are 90* but if you divide the corner angles into 2 then you get the 45*.
    To continue what Viper said, yes I want to make a square pyramid instead of a cylinderical cone.
    Start with a square base and extend this up to form the pyramid shape reactor body. Now will the angle be 45* all the way up?
    Cheers
     
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    no, 60-70 or more as viper said.
     
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    this has inspired me to build one for my nano, boyu TL550, just went a bought perspex and will make one this eve
     
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    can one use tangit to glue perspex?
     
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    I don't see why not
     
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    thanks viper, just a normal hole saw does the job hey. just gotta make sure it doesnt bite, so push lightly.

    ah! so you talking about the angle between the base as the sides? i took my protractor out and did some measuring and seems 60 degrees is even to much. between 70 and 80 is good. but yes it will stay contsant all the way.

    awsome! let us know how it goes.

    it does work but after a couple days it water it lets go.
     
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    cool, my dimensions are 8cmx5cm and 30cm tall.
    still deciding on the internals etc
     
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    gonna go get the plumbing today. just need to know the output pipe diameter for a TS3 skimmer. anybody know this off hand?

    for those with old TS3's with a resun pump, what model is it? I think its king 3?
     
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