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DIY Protein Skimmer

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Postby Big John » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:19 pm

Another job to add to my loooooong list of things to do then. :D
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Postby GERRY5 » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:24 pm

it never ends john it never ends :) :) :)
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Postby Big John » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:44 pm

Mine's barely begun :roll:

Need to throw together a pergola to give the pond some needed shade (esp. for the chagoi - she's still doing lots of sunbathing :roll: ) and keep leaves out from neighbour's trees.
Want to muck out the shed so I can feed the filter pipe to a t/tower in there (stop OH complaining about how unsightly it looks)
Wouldn't mind building this protiene skimmer.
Still endless jobs around the house to do.
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Postby Big John » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:36 am

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Postby macaws fly » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:18 pm

Waiting for the perfect pond
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Postby Big John » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:45 pm

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Postby vippymini » Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:43 pm

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Postby RemJon11 » Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:10 am

oh really? :) :)
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Postby emmaandaj » Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:29 am

Hi,
Has anyone got some dimensions of the height of these that they have made to give me an idea of where to start? Also how much air do they require to work?
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Postby mekoi » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:47 pm

Andy,

Mine is about 1.2m tall including the exit pipe. So the 100mm pipe is about 80cm. But you have to consider where you want to install the unit. I can't tell how much air I'm using coz I just "T" it off from my BD air pump(60Lpm) with control valve using 2 ceramic 40mm air stones :) If you get water coming out from the exit pipe then its either too much air or the unit is too low.

Hope this helps 8)
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Postby kimr » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:06 pm

Hi Andy
I have not long made one thanks to this post and I have got it imy pond and it is working a treat, over a period of time you dont get as much coming out so you dont have to empty the bucket that often, but they are briliant. I made the 4" pipe 4ft long then added the first T-Boss added the funnel thing then the other T-Boss and I used a lid off of a food jar as the lid with 2 holes drilled in it to put the airstones down the pipe. It litterally hangs over the pond wall and so far no acidents to the Koi, they do say you can put them in the vortex. My camera broke which is why there are not photos, but I have made one and they do work :P
As to air, I have 2 air stones one is on full and the other about half on does that help, sorry I dont know the right terms.
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Postby James Pond » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:04 pm

Made my own one of these this week, I had to start all over again with filtration etc after I removed the liner and glassed the pond earlier this year, so to all intents and purposes it's a new pond. I have been suffering badly with DOC, with huge amounts of foam, probably made worse by the 3000GPH through the shower that returns into the pond. The water is clear of fines, thanks to the home made Easys, but it had a real brown tinge to it.

You can see the colour of the water in the bucket, thats only from today, there was another 2 buckets like that yesterday and overnight. The foam on the pond surface has reduced considerably in just 2 days.

The parts only cost £11 from B&Q, I already had the 4" pipe, all I bought was 2 boss T pieces and a 4" rubber bung which has cutaway bits for different pipe diameters. I inserted this between the 2 boss T's and cut a hole in it just big enough to insert a short section of 1.5" pipe for the bubbles to spill over. Job done and some money saved!

Incidentally the rubber bung isnt immersed in the pond water so i'm not worried about anything leaching out of it. I did put it in some very hot water for a while first though just to make sure.


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Postby Giggleswick » Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:00 pm

Hi All,
Please can anyone tell me rather I can use smaller pipe (say 40mm) for the uplift instead of 100mm. Also, what size air pump should required, is it the bigger the better? The reason is that I try to put it inside the multi-bay, has anyone tried?

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