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)