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DIY Protein Skimmer Plans

From air to water pump driven hang-on, in-tank, and in-sump units, here is a large collection of do-it-yourself plans for making saltwater or reef aquarium counter-current, venturi, and downdraft protein skimmers or foam fractionators, as well as instructions on setting up surface skimmer and overflow box combination designs.
  1. Protein Skimmer Set Ups

Rio Water Pump Modifications
From Don Carner, your About Saltwater Aquariums Host-Guide, how to modify Rio brand water pumps to replace expensive venturi valves for power protein skimmers.

Top Hang-On-Tank Protein Skimmer Picks
Read product reviews and compare prices on Hang-On-Tank Protein Skimmers your Guides considered to be some of the top picks on the market.

Top In-Sump Protein Skimmer Picks
Read product reviews and compare prices on In-Sump Protein Skimmers your Guides considered to be some of the top picks on the market.

Top In-Tank Protein Skimmer Picks
Read product reviews and compare prices on In-Tank Protein Skimmers your Guides considered to be some of the top picks on the market.

Dog's Skimmer Page
From Dogs Reef Pages, a schematic outlining Dog's skimmer design, including close up photos of his constructed skimmer components.

Protein Skimmer 2
From Aquaria Central's DIY page, Joseph Sellinger shares a schematic drawing of his second skimmer design.

Protein Skimmer 5
From FINS, Joseph Sellinger gives you his instructions, schematics and photos for how he build his fifth protein skimmer.

Skimmer/Overflow Filter Plans
From Bill Esposito's Reef Page, great detail and information for building an overflow set up used in conjunction with Reef Devil Skimmers.

Surface Skimmer - Overflow Box Design
From the OZ Reef Marine Park DIY Plans, an overflow box to help with surface skimming project by Howard Roy.

Surface Skimmer Box
Originally designed for the Red Sea Prizm skimmer, this box could be used for many other skimmer that draw water directly from the tank. It helps the skimmer pull water directly from the surface, where most of the DOC's are floating.

Venturi Air Intake De-Calcifier
From David Playfair's Mistress Reef DIY page, this idea uses purified water mixed with air to dissolve the salt deposits which collect in the venturi air oriface.

Venturi Skimmers  - DIY Discussions
From The Krib - Filters - Venturi Skimmer Archive, exchanges from hobbyists about building Venturi Skimmers, including instructions and cost anaylsis information.

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