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Old 12-02-2009, 08:09 AM   #1
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Protein skimmate question.

I have a 75gal with a 30gal sump/refugium and a Coralife Protein Skimmer. I have had the system up and running for about 5 weeks now and my skimmate of the Coralife is pretty clear.

I got up this morning and found that the skimmer was working overtime and had suddenly collected a lot of fluid (2 pints)...but still fairly clear.

Is my system still too young to produce darker skimmate?

Am I robbing my system of needed elements by skimming away clear liquid?

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sometimes water level can affect it. If the system is too closed (not letting in enough air) it will pull in more water, and fill up the cup.
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Is my system still too young to produce darker skimmate?
No, it's the skimmer. How do you have it setup? How deep is the pump? How dense are the bubbles in the skimmer? Can you take a pic of how it's running?
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No, at least not to any extent that there will be a noticable difference in anything.
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