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Old 07-14-2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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Coralife Protein Skimmer

I got my first protein skimmer for a reef tank I am setting up. It is a coralife 65. I got it on f&s for less than $100. It was too good of a deal to pass up. Well, I tested it in a 10 gallon tank yesterday and it would barely produce any bubbles. I could not figure out what is wrong with my set up, so I thought I would ask you guys! I took a few pictures, let me know what you think! Could the freshwater mess it up?
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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You get what you pay for in this hobby in many cases, and this is one of those cases. That said, I would first inspect the Impeller, to make sure it's seated properly, and it's not broken. Then make sure that that airline is not obstructed.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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i had one and i really didnt like it it flooded my living room a couple times. was it fresh water or salt you tested it in
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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... Could the freshwater mess it up?
Skimmers don't work in freshwater.
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i had one and i really didnt like it it flooded my living room a couple times. was it fresh water or salt you tested it in
It was in freshwater
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #6
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Some skimmers also have a break I'm period, whether it is from mould release used when they make the plastic pieces or a chemical they use to clean it before assembly I'm not sure, but many skimmers take a while to start producing skim mate, however if your getting no bubbles whatsoever try pulling the air intake muffler off, it's not difficult to get a little water in there and have it not want to work
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This is what it looks like in freshwater. Normal?
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:25 PM   #8
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Never tried putting freshwater through one so its hard to say, my coralife came with the set up I bought off CL, hasn't been the best piece of equipment, but not the worst either
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This is what it looks like in freshwater. Normal?
Yes. Put it in salt water.
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I have the exact same skimmer I've never tried it in freshwater, but after I clean it normally takes a few days for it to start skimming again.
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