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Old 02-27-2015, 10:50 PM   #51
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If I understand it right, more air through the impeller will result in more bubbles. More bubbles will mean more skim. The skim being more wet or dry would be a result of adjusting how the bubbles are coming up and popping in the neck of the collection cup. If you ask me, this is a Carey question. Skimmers and I just don't have a good working relationship.

I think the less water/ more air ratio you can create while still allowing the skimmate to reach the neck is the key. It allows for a denser column of bubbles for the DOC's to travel up due to the smaller/ higher number of bubbles...
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:00 AM   #52
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It didn't work as I was hoping. I was an inch short of the minimum water level. To try to adjust for that, I tried limiting the air intake, which in turn did assist some with skimming as more air made more bubbles and the more was able to get some into the collection cup.
One of the other issues with the model I have, as it sits outside on my porch, was that the pump powering it wasn't the best. I spent many nights reading stories about it and the fix that they had was to use some replacement pump that fit...but it was over 100 bucks. For another 100 bucks, I still wasn't meeting the minimum water level so I simply used the funds to get a different skimmer...to which also had mixed results until the pump died and needed replaced.
For the record, I dislike skimmers. Love/hate relationship for sure.

Seems like the water level in your sump is just too low for solid skimmer operation Hank? Has anyone recommended a recirculating skimmer? I'm under the impression the pump does the work in keeping the water level where it needs to be if I'm not mistaken (which I could very easily be mistaken, as I've never ran a recirc skimmer)...
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No clue on that front in all reality. Has to do with the loss of one of the baffles in the sump when it comes to water levels. Either way, with two skimmers down I'm not in the market for a third and I call the current system as complete as it can be. It'll all be addressed when it goes bigger.
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No clue on that front in all reality. Has to do with the loss of one of the baffles in the sump when it comes to water levels. Either way, with two skimmers down I'm not in the market for a third and I call the current system as complete as it can be. It'll all be addressed when it goes bigger.

Fair enough!
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It'll all be addressed when it goes bigger.
LOL...what are you thinking? 125? 180? Bigger?
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Depends on the size of house I buy Doug. Lol.


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Well just got back from feeding the LFS addiction... Picked up a couple headed torch, some crazy hairy mushroom , and a feather duster...





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I excited my peps today as well! Buggers ripped open the mouth of my new frogspawn and tore apart my feather duster. The frogspawn is healing I'm just hoping the feather duster grows back his.. feather dusters?
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I excited my peps today as well! Buggers ripped open the mouth of my new frogspawn and tore apart my feather duster. The frogspawn is healing I'm just hoping the feather duster grows back his.. feather dusters?
Are you sure these are peppermints and not camelback shrimp?
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Are you sure these are peppermints and not camelback shrimp?

Hmmm. That's a good question. I didn't even think to verify it because the lady who imports saltwater for me is usually really good at identification.

This is the only picture I have at the moment as I'm not home.

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