My Skimmer idea... What do you think?

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  1. Mrabkin

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    Soooo, After having bought a redsea Prizm skimmer and being very disappointed (despite finding it at next-to-nothing price), I have been pondering on a DIY skimmer design that anyone can build... A few days pondering and i have a rough design i need to run by all you Skimmer guru's out there... Feedback welcomed!! [​IMG] Think it will work??
     
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    cant see why not.. materials proposed for the build? glass can also be used..
     
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    Glass would work... I still think i'll be Buying a skimmer, but i'm on a mission to design the ultimate DIY skimmer that even a little girl could build.

    Glass is easy: You can get it cut to size and drilled almost anywhere...
    Perspex is better for durability and fragility, but more expensive...

    I suppose i would have to ultimately build it to see if it does work... but i'd like to toss the idea around other DIY'ers first...
     
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    I like the idea, no one ever said a skimmer has to be round.
    It just seems a general consensus in manufacturers that round being easier to make I would assume. The only concerning thought would be the corners, would "dirt" not at some point begin to build up as it is just a given that any corner can and will become a catch point for even the smallest particle to hook onto?

    As you said, you will ultimately need to build it to see if it works. At first glance, it show a concept which should work very well. How do you intend on getting the cables and air line to the pumps?
     
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    I would add some sort of bubble plate, as well as a "vent" on the bubble trap, to allow the air build up to be release.

    But IMHO, rather just save some money and buy a decent skimmer, that you know works?
     
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