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DIY Skimmers Putting Deltec to Shame!


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Have you guys seen some of the amazing DIY skimmers being built? These things look better than even the Deltecs.

 

I'm all about saving money in a hobby where most of the equipment is technologically simple and way overpriced. Check these DIY skimmers out! Really makes me wish I had a workshop, lol. I've compiled a collection of the best in a post: link

 

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No, they top out at 6"

US Plastics has bigger stuff but it gets hideously expensive PDQ EDIT: Though not as hideously expensive as the mongo-skimmers Deltec and Bubble-King sell. The minimum order is 5' lengths, so you'd need to get a group-buy going I think, unless you're looking to build a skimmer for Puget Sound ;-)

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Though not as hideously expensive as the mongo-skimmers Deltec and Bubble-King sell. The minimum order is 5' lengths' date=' so you'd need to get a group-buy going I think, unless you're looking to build a skimmer for Puget Sound ;-)[/quote']

How about a skimmer making party :) Might be worth it if someone had the plans to make one of these, buy parts in bulk and get our tools together and crank some out... I looked at some of those on RC listed above, but didn't see details and was getting overwhelmed. (maybe I'm weird, but I like instructions). I know my little airstone driven Redsea skimmer could do better by being replaced.

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I buy all of the acrylic tubing from McMastercar.com I've found them to have some of the best prices especially if you are NOT looking for 6 ft of tubing. Also their shipping costs are very good.

 

As for DIY skimmers they are a lot of fun to make but to get something up to Deltecs quality and performance it is NOT cheap. Here are 2 different one that I built and one is currently on my tank.

 

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So, the reason that I say it's hard to match the performance of a deltec is:

 

  1. Good or great pump needed (Good = Ocean runner, Sedra, Gen-x, great = Ehiem, AquaBee, etc...)
  2. Good matched venturi needed
  3. transition cone neck needed for smooth bubble flow, well for large skimmer anyway

But that is not to say that you cannot make a good skimmer though. In the last month or so that has been some really interesting break throws in pump impeller LINK I did that mod on my skimmer and the performance increase was amazing to say the least.

 

Here is a video of my skimmer in action and the air it is pulling out now (around 1400 lph)

 

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