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Old 03-04-2005, 05:56 PM   #1
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Cleaning a CPR BakPak 2R...and now no skimmate

I was just wondering what the cleaning procedure should be for the CPR BakPak Skimmate cup. It had been producing 1/4 cup of skimmate per day, and I rinse it out with hot water. I took a look at it yesterday..and it smelled really bad and the waste was gunked up all over it..so I thought I would clean it more with a paper towel and get all the gunk off.

Now the skimmer is producing NO skimmate (for over 24 hrs) and I am having a HUGE microbubble problem in the tank. Should I NOT have cleaned the cup out at all and left the gunk in it? Or could something else be wrong with the setup. I removed the sponge in the 2R outlet about 2 weeks ago...and nitrates were getting a little high and I was nervous that it could be a "nitrate factory". I sure that is where SOME of the bubble are coming from..but it was not like that for the last 2 weeks.

Thanks for the help!


90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2:
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches

40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB (2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.

3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)
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Old 03-04-2005, 10:37 PM   #2
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Give it a week..Can't explain why, but as long as the rest of the unit is fairly clean, it will start to skim again and the bubbles will fade. I have the same model and clean it from head to toe bout 2 times with the same results. Currently isnt skimming worth a flip, but mines old and I should porlly replace the pump. It'll settle back in.
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