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Old 01-09-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer fluctuating?

so i just bought a super reef octopus lx1000 HOB skimmer.

all the reviews and everyone i talked to say its an amazing HOB skimmer


so i've been trying to set it and the level of the bubbles seems to fluctuate.... if i set it so the bubbles come to the top of the pipe, it eventually overflows the cup.

then i set it again, and now the bubbles are way low... not even reaching the top of the pipe


any advice?
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New skimmers need a week or two to break in. Just let it run so it doesn't overflow for a couple of weeks and then try setting it.
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but its not new new.... i bought it used... it was used for about 6 months prior
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i read it has something to do with change in surface tension.... is this true?
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You`ll need to start a new break in period since you started using it.
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