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My new skimmer is ALIVE


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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default My new skimmer is ALIVE

    Thought I'd share some pics with everyone of my latest creation, one that really works.
    Combination of several different skimmer designs, tried to take the best parts of each and mash them into one.

    Need to step down the pump, using a Mag7 now, even by choking it down with 1/2" PVC it's still too much, need to order a Mag5 and try that.
    Every electronic device is manufactured with smoke stored deep inside... only a true genius can find a way to set it free.

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    Heh heh....great idea taking the best of all designs. Your right....it is kinda big and ugly....but if it works great and you have the space....who cars.......more money for the main tank!! Nice job, DIY's rock!
    GT

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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    yup next I'll get my hands on a couple of those becket injectors from ebay, then look out there'll be water and bubbles everywhere....
    Every electronic device is manufactured with smoke stored deep inside... only a true genius can find a way to set it free.

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    Does it have two collection cups? What is the shorter one on the left?

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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    The shorter on on the left is actually another skimmer, my first attempt at a DIY skimmer.... actually works quite well most of the time, just a MJ1200 running it with a small venturi. Just seems to go bonkers every couple of months, dumps about 10 gals up to the collection cup, with a 1G jug as the final container it makes a pretty good mess, and always at the worst possible time.....
    Every electronic device is manufactured with smoke stored deep inside... only a true genius can find a way to set it free.

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    Mines DIY... oops, no cam... I'll post some pics, later.
    There's nowhere else I'ld rather be... unless, of course, you're buying

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    Great job like to do something like that but unfortunately i don't have much room
    with a small sump under the tank i have to have something more compact
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    looks cool. let us know how it works
    Quantum mechanics the dreams stuff is made of.

    150 started 8/12/06
    57 gal started 8/12/08

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    BTW, excellent design... looks like a real work!!!
    There's nowhere else I'ld rather be... unless, of course, you're buying

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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Going to let her run for a few more days, but not very happy with it... lousy foam production and not really pulling anything major out of the water Started like gang busters but short lived. The little one has been doing great for months, but even now is not doing jack.

    Getting ready to just shell out the bucks and just order a pre-fab while I sort things out and see if that helps. Looking at the RedSea Berlin jobbers....anyone got an opinion on them?
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