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    Thumbs up protein skimmer..Awesome!!!

    I saw a thread on koiphen about a DIY protein skimmer. I figured..what the heck? I already had a 900gph pump laying around and an air pump with manifold and 6 airstones. A trip to home depot...cost about $10-15. I also had some 2"pvc..so I used that. I built a skimmer similar to the one in this picture(lifted off koiphen). It is Da Bomb!!! Took out 2 gallons of brown garbage the first day. Took about 1-1.5 gallons each day for the next 2 days. My water has never been more clear!!! Not a drop of foam on the surface of the water. Really happy with this project...Highly recommended!!!

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    How does it work dude?

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    Protien Skimmer

    I am glad that you had such good success with this protien skimmer, I have been thinking of trying this ever since I saw the original post. Can you show a picture of how the skimmer looks hooked up? Joyce

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    Mine looks like the ghetto version of this one...but I'll snap some pictures later.

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    Protien skimmers are awesome, they use them on all of the tanks at the Dutch Koi Show, with great results.

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    Here's an interesting thread on an Austrailian Koi board about protein skimmers. There's some detail on construction. Looks similar to this one.

    http://ksakoi.com/bb/index.php?topic=168.0

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    Very interesting. I wonder how big their ponds are. Doesn't look like it will handle my 10,000 gal. I'd probably need several of these, and if they're using a 40L air pump for EACH ONE, that's more electrical outlets than I have!!!

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    Thumbs up

    My pond is 7,000 gallons. I have a 4,000 gallon pump from the bottom and a homemade surface skimmer with a 900 gph pump. So I used the 900gph to run through the protein skimmer from the surface skimmer. I have 2 air pumps running. One in the pond and one in the open style filter(green machine copy..but 275gallons). So I put that air pump to run through the protein skimmer with 6 airstones. . The skimmer sits in the open filter. the outflow water exits under water, and the foam exits about 1-2 inches above the water surface in the open filter. It has been taking out 1-2 gal per day of dark brown liquid. I could adjust it for a more dry foam..but who cares? Let it take 2+gallon per day...no big deal. water has gotten so clear with this addition. Very happy!!!

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    Steve

    Love your new avatar. Reminds me of a ZNA club meeting-LOL!!!

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