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Re: Cheap skimmers
- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Re: Cheap skimmers
- From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
- Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 15:37:00 -0400
- In-reply-to: <200304181039.h3IAdMu5029527@otter.actwin.com>
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> I bet Dr. Tom would have some good ideas on how to
> build a nice cheap home-made skimmer. (if you do,
> please share it with us!)
Yep, but a Skilter made by Supreme, is about 30-35$ on line.
Some PVC and reducing adapters will work or you can try some plex-PVC angled
cut like on the "Beast" and a few other designs. You can see the foam
collection in this design but requires and angles cut across the pipe.
Add a maxi jet powerhead and a few parts, about 10-15$ minus the pump.
Honestly for a 55 or less, a skilter is much better deal than a CPR back pak
for folks that want a pre made deal.
I have skilter and let it ride and add my nutrients.
> If it's not already there, get some live rock. The pores
> in the rock provide a good home for nitrifying bacteria,
So will aragonite.
> and with the help of your good circulation system, the
> live rock will provide good biological filtration.
You can do it without the live rock if you want.
A refugium can be veryu effective with nothing more than the Caulerpa.