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Old 09-26-2008, 12:59 PM   #151
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Yeah, not worried about the Ca levels right now. I'm a ways off of that.

I haven't gotten the skimmer tweaked out just right yet. No foam has made it into the collection cup, but in the chamber below it it is collecting some nasty water. Not sure what's going on, I thought that stuff would come all the way up so it's easy to dump - so I guess I'll just keep tweaking it until it does.

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How high in the body do you have the water level set?
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:09 PM   #153
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It's pretty much right at the throat of the funnel
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I usually continute to raise the level untill i see the bubbles start to spill out into the collection cup. Then bump it back down just a bit. Good place to start and then you can adjust if from there but at least you will have something going into your collection cup.
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I agree with Pat. Raise the water level in the body and make sure that your air intake is wide open if there is a valve on it. You can always tweak it back down if you are getting too much water in the cup. Now is the time to figure out a good skimming level and break the skimmer in.
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Is it critical for breaking in the skimmer that it be running tweaked just right? I understand it's benefits during the curing process to have it right, but does it affect the breakin?
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No not at all. Breaking it in just means that it, like new plumbing needs that slim coat to work properly.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:13 PM   #158
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So I keep tweaking it, finally getting stuff up into the collection cup, but the water pipe is way higher than I anticipated it needing to be. Irregardless, it looks to me like it's going well. I'm getting good thick foam all the way up, but it's all white. I expected it to be brown nasty stuff by now, but I'll just let it keep running.

I keep telling myself I'm probably supposed to be monitoring water parameters occassionally during the curing process, but I've yet to do so. Is it really that necessary?
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Not really right now....You could test the basics now and have a base line to work from.

Your skimmer will pull nasty stuff out even if the foam looks white it will still have nasty stuff in it. Give your skimmer some time to break in and you will see some gunk.
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Another crazy busy week at work, even working through this weekend, but I did find a few hours today to work on my project.

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