Ok may sound a little crazy so let me know your opinions. I can't really put a skimmer in my sump. I built the height of my stand to accomodate a 55 gallon tank plus 6" so I can get my arm in. I had a HOB aqua c remora pro in the sump but due to the height restrictions I was never able to fully remove the collection cup so I used a shop vac to clean it but never touched the collection cup neck and that may of caused a lot of my algae issues.
When I upgraded to my 90 I took the skimmer out and tried going skimmerless but I'm not satisfied with the way I want my tank to look.
I also can't afford (read don't) a $500 skimmer for my tank.
My plan is simple. I want to use an extra phosban reactor that I have lying around attach my rio pump from my aqua c to it, cut a circular hole on the top cover and throw a circular collection cup w/ a gasket between them, cut another tiny hole for airline tubing and throw a couple splitters with air stones at the bottom and some sort of air control valve. I want the skimmate to then drain into a gallon jug. I need to think some more things through but thoughts so far?