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Old 01-24-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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How do I set (or break in) a new skimmer?

I just purchased a Bubble Magus NAC6 for my 75 reef tank and have it in the sump. The directions were very general in settings for the skimmate. I have a very light bioload right now (one clownfish) but will be getting more fish. It's only been running for about 2 days but the skimmate is very watery and light green in color. The air intake is set at about 2 1/2 and the bubbles go up to the middle of the tube inside the collection cup. My questions are:
1) How do I get the thick green gunk instead of the watery skimmate that
I've been getting?
2) Is it too soon to be getting the thick green gunk?
- If so, how long does it generally take to "break in" a new skimmer?
3) Is my bioload too light to get the thick green gunk?

I also have some algae that I'm trying to get rid of by using other methods (water changes, cheato, & phosphate filter pads) in addition to the new skimmer.

Any feedback would be great.

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Old 01-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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Well make it so the bubbles are just at the base of the tube in the cup that way in a few days the green will thicken and move into the cup. The water is over flowing. Just turn it on and give it time the green takes a few days.

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Your bioload is probably too low right now too. I have the same deal right now. One clown in a 40g with a reef octopus nwb110. Just not enough dissolved organics to make a nice head of foam.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
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I wouldn't go crazy trying to adjust it now, it can take a week or two for a skimmer to break in to begin with plus your small bioload will as mentioned above generate just a small amount of organics.
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