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    Need advice to build a skimmer !!!

    I would like to build a skimmer for my setup (50 gal + 30 gal sump/refugium). I would like to copy that skimmer (made by PM). I would like to know any advice that could help me. I would also like to know what is going to regulate the water level in the skimmer(It is a counter current skimmer). I will to know witch brand of air and water pump should I use for it ? I would also like to know if there special that I should know about cutting cylinder of plexiglass ? Thank you every one !!!
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    the dia. of the pipe will or could be your regulator ,also the volume of water your pump pushes will be a factor.it is not plexiglass you ar cutting , it is probably acrylic witch is very brittle and needs a fine blde like a metal cutting blade If you need help edivolis@sympatico.ca

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    Is not Plexiglass a trade name for acrylic ?

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    Yes it is. plexiglass and lexan are both brand names
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    Lexan is a trademark of GE plastics.

    Plexiglas is a trademark also

    Lucite is a trademark of E.I.DuPont DeNemours & Co.

    Acrylite is a trademark of American Cynamid Co.

    Perspex is a trademark of ICI Group.

    Lexan is polycarbonate.

    Plexiglas, Lucite, Acrylite, Perspex and acrylic are polyacrylate.

    Polycarbonate is harder than polyacrylate

    Lexan is much more shatter resistant than Acrylic. Acrylic is more scratch resistant than Lexan.

    Acrylic is available in different grades

    Extruded material is manufactured by pushing pellets through a highly polished die. There can be slight imperfections in the surface. Extruded material is usually less expensive and more difficult to work with.

    Acrylic can be cast There are different casting methods, with the more expensive material being more uniform in thickness. Cell cast is the highest grade, and continuous cast is in the middle.
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    call harley he can build that no problem,and the best part he is not expensive,he has resonable ,affordable prices.

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    It is really good to know all this!!! Thanx Volitan !

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    harley at Acrylic city

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    sure thing!!!
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    Yeah, Harley does great job at a really good price, but I would like to build it myself for fun. I love to build things and to do DIY stuff.

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