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Old 04-16-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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No Skimmate left to Skim?

Just wondering if any of you saltwater buffs out there have skimmers that stopped removing Dissolved organics because there are none left to remove. Or is there always a guaranteed supply of nasty stuff. My skimmer started to remove less and less and now I don't really get much of anything removed. When I adjust the flow it wont pull the black sludge out like it was doing. Just a really wet overflow of water. Is it possible that since I have got the water parameter thing locked down that there is a minimal supply of DOC's to remove?? Any thougths are appreciated Just want to understand 100%
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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what kind of skimmer do you have?
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There should always be some DOC's, because you got food not being eaten, and fish doing the doo. But as your tank gets more established, and LR develops, the amount that your skimmer removes will go down.

When I first set up my 55g tank, I was getting a cup full ever few days, after 2 years, I was bairly getting a cup full a month.

Now I just set up my new tank, 90G, and I've been getting a cup every 4-5 days.

Alot depends on your bio load, how much you feed vs how much gets eaten, what you feed, etc.

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what kind of skimmer do you have?
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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well if your pump for your skimmer is clean i would say nothing is wrong . i dont pull out very much merky dirty water either but i dont have very many fish.
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Well typically I have to empty my collection cup and clean the skimmer weekly. My system is almost 3 years old now and I have over 180g of total water volume on my system. I tend to think that the DOCs are going to always be there becuase of the fish, food and other nasties in the water. Your skimmer will have a spike on a new system and then level off for the most part as your system establishes and your bioload and bacteria equalize. Like I said my system is almost 3 and I have to clean and empty the collection cup weekly (the collection cup on my skimmer holds 1.5g).
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IMO you are fine...If you go more than say...2 weeks with no sign of skimate, then I might worry.
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I agree that as your LR starts working that the skimmer will have less of a load but how much depends on your bio load and how much you feed.
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OT: but nice avatar usmcmarc.. And thanx for the service .
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Clean the pump impellor and the air intake. That always helps. As everyone else said, once you get everything stable, skimmate production will slow down a bit. This is where you see the difference between an OK skimmer and a good skimmer...how efficient it is when the doc's are low. A good skimmer will always produce skimmate.
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