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Old 01-14-2008, 12:52 AM   #11
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The rubber ring, as Devilishturtles mentioned, is the key to the skimmer. Even once it's broken in, you'll have to adjust it now and then. I adjust the height of my collection cup a couple times a week. It just depends on how much/how wet the skimmate is. Just FYI.
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:37 AM   #12
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What am I adjusting for when I make the adjustments? Am I looking to get as dry a skimmate as possible? Mine finally broke in and is now starting to produce a very watery skimmate.
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You want a nice foamy skimmate but you don't want it so "dry" or foaming that it doesn't produce any watery skimmate. On the flip side, you don't want it skimming too wet of a foam and skimming too much.

I keep my remora rubber band so that the cup sits all the way down, then I take the cup off and move the band down about a half an inch so that it sits about a half an inch higher. This is fine for me, but I also have a very small bioload in my tank. You'll have to experiment with it. The key though is having a dark brown skimmate and not a really clear skimmate.

I really hope that makes sense..
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hmmmm after almost 4 weeks still a ton of bubbles
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The micro bubbles went away on mine after the break-in period, although it never produced a lot of them to begin with. I am running the Rio 1400 on the Remora Pro though, not the Mag 3.

It's now producing a ton of skimmate, about 1/3 of the collection cup per day. I'm still messing with cup height to fine tune it. The skimmate is still a bit watery.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:03 PM   #16
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FWIW my Remora always put out some bubbles. I ended up adding a sump to my system to get all the bubble producing equipment, ie skimmer, HOB filter, out of the display tank. It was well worth every penny.
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ajbully... where do you have your collection cup set at? Really high, or really low? What color is the skimmate you're collecting? Just curious, because if the cup is set too high (very little skimmate, if any, in the cup over 24 hours) I've found a lot of the "foam" the skimmer creates is just dumped back into the tank.
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ajbully... where do you have your collection cup set at? Really high, or really low? What color is the skimmate you're collecting? Just curious, because if the cup is set too high (very little skimmate, if any, in the cup over 24 hours) I've found a lot of the "foam" the skimmer creates is just dumped back into the tank.

Right now the collection cup is set really high and it's not producing much skimmate. I originally had it set very low and it was producing a very watery skimmate.
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Don't be afraid to overskim the tank. It's virtually impossible, at least w/ that model skimmer. I prefer to collect wet skimmate in order to remove as much waste as possible. As long as the cup is not overflowing between cleanings, your fine.
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Right now the collection cup is set really high and it's not producing much skimmate. I originally had it set very low and it was producing a very watery skimmate.
Somewhere in between is where you want it. The whole purpose/function of that skimmer is to create tons of microbubbles... think "ocean surf." You want all those bubbles that are carrying all the nasties to climb that tube that leads into your collection cup. If you set the cup too low, then the foam that makes it to the top of the tube will be too wet because it didn't have sufficient time for the "good foam" to drain back down the tube, into your tank. If you set the cup too high, then you make it too difficult (perhaps impossible) for ANY of the foam to get into the cup in the first place and it returns to your tank... in the form of bubbles.

I have this skimmer and it's not a set it and forget about it deal. I tweak it maybe once a week depending on the amount and color of skimmate produced. Right now, the black o-ring on mine is set maybe 1 inch below the top. Some mornings, I'll wake up to a full skimmer cup with pretty light color skimmate, for no obvious reason. I'll adjust the o-ring down a little and keep an eye on it. Then I'll usually end up creeping the o-ring back up. Over time, you'll get a feel for it.

This type of skimmer will produce a wetter skimmate than other skimmers, and that's OK. You just don't want it clear!
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