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    Talking diy skimmer build!!

    i have been wanting to build a skimmer for a bit so here it goes! enjoy!!
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    so i decided since this is my first skimmer build i would use pvc and make it a 6" by 24" recirc skimmer.

    it will be fed directly from one of the lines of my overflow.

    so here are some pics...

    here is the skimmer body... it was a 6" by 24" basin extention from lowes.
    the cost was $15...
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    i cut the tube down to 18" so it will fit under my tank in my sump
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    here is the cone i found at lowes... it is called a 4 way drain and it fits
    2" or 3" pvc. the top came with a drain screen that i just took off. the top opening was to big to fit on the 6" pvc as it was so i cut it and am using the bottom of it as the cone and the bottom of it as the base of the skimmer!!!
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    i am going to feed the skimmer from my overflow so i won't need a extra pump.

    as far as the recirc pump goes i decided to use the oddysea wp 1000 . it was a good price, has no metal parts like the gen-x pumps, and i have had one running as my return for a year with no problems.
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    the pump is rated at 1340 gph. it was $60 with s&h
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    the pump is a paddle wheel type... but i have the solution for that!!!

    mesh mod rocks!!! 5$ shipped!!! the best and easiest skimmer pump mod there is imho
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    i'll post some pics when i do it.

    here are a few pics of the unions i'm modding to keep the pump close to the skimmer body.
    ahh...

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    this is a threaded hose barb that is going to be my venturi and airline...
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    i found these fittings at lowes and they fit right it the threads of the pump.
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    the skimmer outlet is 1 1/4" and will be controlled with this gate valve.
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    i have 3" clear pvc on its way for the neck. i think alls that i have left is the collection cup and some uniseals.

    so what do you guys think?
    i am going to mesh mod my prop and take some pics for ya all.
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    Looks good to me. Look forward to seeing how it works. Good idea using the PVC as it saves a lot on the cost on a part you really do not need to see through. Keep us posted on progress
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    What a great coincidence! I am doing the exact same build (Basically a RANDY STACEY skimmer). I'm using 6" PVC for the body @ 15" height. I also used the 4 way drain as the transition to the 3" neck and was also looking at the oddysea pumps. However, it was recommended to by some people on the RC forums to use their Odyssea WP 700 Water Pump as that would best suite the 3" neck. I think you want a 4-5" neck for this pump. Icould give you a link to a thread where I was asking about these pumps for skimmers, but I'm not sure if we're allowed to post links to other forums. I could email it if you'd like.
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    looks great so far!!
    i agree, your going to need a bigger neck for that odessea pump,
    i've never modded one, but i hear they do like 1000plh air injection, which will be too much for a 3" neck. mabye you can just drill out your 4 way top to accomodate glueing a 4" tube for the cup riser
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