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Old 07-02-2004, 01:46 AM   #1
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"Berlin Method" - Turning off skimmer at night

I have a 50 gallon Acrylic tank and the top only has one large slot for HOB stuff. Aftering picking up a UV+Skimmer, I had to remove my HOB Powerfilter. I've read about how this can be done, LR + Skimmer w/o any other filters. The thing is the skimmer is LOUDDDDD!!! Is it okay for me to turn it off at night and then back on in the mornings? I have a lot of water movement without the HOB (5 Powerheads). I sleep practically near my tank and the skimmer will keep me up at night, I am sure of it.

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It would be best to just turn off the air going into the skimmer if possible. This is because stagnent water can foul overnight and then when the skimmer is back o in the morning your introducing the foul water back to the tank.

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Also it seems to take most skimmers a few days to start working properly after they've been switched off. Turning it off everynight wouldn't really give it a chance to ever stabilize.

If it has airline tubing for the intake then you can try replacing it with a longer piece of tubing, and maybe even add a valve at the end to reduce the air.

If not then, as FF said, just turn the air control down till it's quiet enough.
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