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Old 03-02-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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I'm excited I just got my Ro/di system up and running and it's making a water at 001 parts ppm, loving that. But I have one question. I don't think my protein skimmer is working. How can I identify if I have a malfunctioning protein skimmer? It bubbles like it supposed to but it doesn't seem to be pulling the green sludge out the top, could this just mean that I don't have proteins to skim? or is the protein skimmer defective?
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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No, it is trying to skim. You need to adjust the water and/or air coming into the system. The water level in your skimmer just isn't high enough for the bubbles to collect in the collection cup. It is either that or it is still tuning itself in, they can take a week to a month at the longest to start to work brand new.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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Thanks ill add some water to bring it up to level. Its just that it seems like i top off about 1 to 1 1/2 gal of water a week. I do not have a lid on my tank so i figured that was not a bad evaluation rate.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:50 AM   #4
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How big is your tank? I top off 1 gal per day. My ATO bucket is a 5 gal bucket and it is right empty every 5 days for a 110 gal tank.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #5
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I have a 55 gal tank, i waz thinking of adding a top off system just not sure where i could make it fit.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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I ran a tee off of my ro/ di to my sump and installed a float valve for my top offs hope this helps
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
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Thanks I'm going to research how to put it togather
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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I bought a 1/4 tee from lowes or home depot and ordered a 1/4 adjustable float valve from BRS . If u r going to run a skimmer u need to be able to adjust your water level .once again i hope this helps
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