DIY Protein Skimmer, What and Why, DIY - Do It Yourself 6" Tall Counter Current Protein Skimmer Plans
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Build Your Own DIY PVC 6' Counter Current Protein Skimmer
Many saltwater aquarium hobbyist know that a protein skimmer is an absolute necessity for saltwater aquarium systems (unless you use natural filtration like algae scrubbers, mangrove plant refugiums and deep sand bed refugiums), especially for saltwater aquariums that are heavily stocked. A protein skimmer is an excellent supplemental filtering device that works by creating very tiny fine bubbles in a reaction chamber. These very tiny fine bubbles propel proteins and other debris in the water up to the surface of the reaction chamber. As the bubbles burst, they expel the proteins and other waste upwards into a collection cup or drainage tube. Protein Skimmers remove proteins before nitrifying bacteria breaks them down into nitrates an phosphates. With less waste to process, the bacteria consumes less oxygen. Higher oxygen levels and lower nitrates and phosphate levels means no algae blooms and better health for your saltwater aquarium and its inhabitants.
Picture is of 2 of the 13 - 6' tall DIY Counter Current Protein Skimmers that I built and used for over 2 decades until I converted to all natural filtration, back in 2005.
I have not seen a protein skimmer that out performs what this original style can produce in a 24 hour period.
I did not have the time to make a list of materials and drawings, so I searched the internet and found a link that I agree with and they have an updated version of the 6' tall DIY Counter Current Protein Skimmers with easy step by step direction for you to make one.
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If your thinking about making this protein skimmer I have some used acrylic protein skimmer waste cups that I no longer use and are for sale.
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If your thinking about making this protein skimmer I have some new unassembled acrylic protein skimmer waste cups that I no longer use and are for sale.
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This picture was an actual functioning protein skimmer waste cup of mine and is how the bubbles should look like in the neck of the skimmer waste cup.
Another picture of an actual functioning protein skimmer waste cup of mine.
The color of the skimmed liquid is what I always tried to maintain.
The amount of skimmed liquid in this waste cup is about 3.5 pints that was produced in a 24 hour period, each and every time. The color of the skimmed liquid is a little darker then I like and was adjusted. If your skimmer does not produce at least 3 pints of coffee colored liquid per 24 hours, then it's not working correctly.
This was the only protein skimmer waste cup that I had with a drain valve on and was my last. In my experience drain valves makes a hobbyist lazy in the maintenance of keeping the waste cup clean.
I should no, it made me lazy. A dirty protein skimmer waste cup makes the production of bubbles decline and that makes the protein skimmer less effective.
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