There is a constant air sound and my tank gets filled with tiny bubbles.
The hissing is the skimmer sucking in air to inject into the skimmer body, some skimmers have mufflers for theirs, usually consists of a ball with two holes in it (one suck in the air, the other is attatched to an airline to the venturi) that is filled with cotton or a sponge. If yours has a muffler check to make sure the ball of cotton or sponge is there. The bubbles are normal for a new skimmer, especially if the tank is new, the bubbles should slow or stop once the skimmer has gotten a coating of DOC
on it, usually a couple of days to a few weeks.
Let me know if there are better choices out there or if anyone else has had this same problem with thier Via Aqua multi skimmer.
There are many better skimmers out there, depending on how much you want to spend, I really like the AquaC remora skimmer, it isn't very loud and it is the best skimmer in it's class. If your going reef, you don't need the filter, 1.5-2 lbs of LR
and a shallow sand bed will provide all the nitrification and denitrification you will need. The UV
is a personal choice, I do not run them on my tanks and don't have problems, IMO
, they are not necessary for a healthy stable tank, they will give you a little more time if a disease breaks out, but that is usually easily prevented by following good quarantine practices.