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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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surface skimmer help

I've been trying to make a surface skimmer for my 55g...My origional thought was to use one of those little critter keepers, drill holes for suction cups, use the grate style lid to keep out large debris, and feed my canister filter hose through a larger hole drilled in the lid. (Sorry no camera to take pics)

My down fall with this is the suction cups allow for some movement vertically, so when the level of water drops in the box it starts to float reducing the intake causing the box to float more and more until ,GARGLE, everything goes sour.

My next idea is to cut some slots in some pvc pipe, possibly attach with the same suction cups.

Has any one done this...make their own in tank overflow...with success at balancing the flow so the surface scum is pulled through the filter??
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 03:27 PM
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Have you thought of just buying this:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=2631

I have 1 on my 55 feeding my canister, and it works great.

I love DIY, but when you have a < 9 dollar solution premade for you, it makes you wonder the worth.

However, If you have the time, and still want to tinker check this link:
http://www.thekrib.com/Filters/Busko/

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2006, 10:51 PM
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or save $.50 more and get this one that is exactly the same, just cheaper:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=3153

BTW: 1/2 cpvc fittings fit on the side input of these skimmers if need to adapt it to your filter input.
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