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Old 05-20-2005, 03:59 PM   #11
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I can understand that logic, though from my understanding its the salinity, not the hardness of the water, that allows skimmers to work in SW but not in FW.

What are you using for an alk supplement? Maybe the skimmer is skimming the supplement out? I've heard lots of rumors about skimmers removing trace elements and such. We know slime coat enhancers and even some dechlors will make a skimmer go crazy.
However I've never seen a skimmer expert sit down and commit an answer of yes or no about whether a skimmer can remove that stuff from the water column or not. Maybe we need a chemist/engineer

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Old 05-20-2005, 04:24 PM   #12
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I'm using b-ionic. At the time my Ca was fine but my alk was low so alk was the only thing that I added to the water. It literally went from producing microfoam that couldn't get over the edge of a pin to nice foam that would crest the collection tube into the cup. Nothing else in the tank changed. This was a skimmer that hadn't worked in over a week (and lordy it needed to). It just doesn't make sense. I'm fully aware of that!


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Old 05-20-2005, 04:25 PM   #13
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The only thing I can think of that would effect the skimmer as far as water chemistry is Salinity. That is of course if some kind of chemical was added to the water that retarded or increased the skimmate.

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