View Full Version : DIY skimmer muffler

09-17-2011, 09:21 PM
Hi all,

Just thought I'd share this quick DIY project because of how well it turned out and how easy it was. I have a Vertex IN-80 skimmer that I've been running without a muffler. It wasn't super loud, but you could definitely tell it was running even from the other side of my apartment.

Small plastic bottle (pill bottles work well)
Couple short pieces of airline tubing


Tools: drill, knife.

- Drill a hole in the bottle of the plastic bottle that will accept the airline tube coming from the skimmer pump. I recommend using a vise if you have one because the drill will catch on the plastic and rip the bottle out of your hand. I used a knife to bevel the hole and smooth out the edges.
- Drill two holes in the lid to accept the pieces of airline tubing. Ditto on the vise and knife.
- Assemble in the obvious way.




It doesn't look like much, but it makes a huge difference! Now, with the stand door closed, I cannot hear the difference between the skimmer being on and being off; the Vortech is now my loudest piece of equipment. Not bad for a project that takes literally five minutes to assemble out what is effectively trash!


09-18-2011, 09:53 PM
Nice job, thanks for sharing.