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Old 03-15-2004, 06:41 PM   #11
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otay. i'll be patient

much appreciated!!!
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:48 PM   #12
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Is the prism skimmer a good one for a smaller tank (ie 30 gal)?

I am on the edge of buying one and I want to make the right purchase. I really can't afford 150 bucks down the drain.

Thanks for the use of your brain!
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Old 03-15-2004, 09:20 PM   #13
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Red Sea Skimmer...

I'm running the Pro on my 40gal. I find it works just fine and I would never go back to changing airstones. I have no microbubbles returning out the overflow.

Here's my recommendation: turn the flow input regulator on top to about 45 degrees. If it is wide open, the water flow is so high that bubbles just go right through the thing. This reduces the overall flow of water through the skimmer. Open the air valve as much as possible to the point where the air valve almost becomes lose and rattles.

The air input and the flow rate are related. As you allow more air in, you will reduce the flow. You can actually reduce the bubbles escaping by adding more air. If you can't, dial the flow back a bit more. Adding more air reduces the water flow, which keeps the bubbles in the chamber.

Yes...I also tweak the air intact knob almost weekly.
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Red Sea Skimmer...

I'm running the Pro on my 40gal. I find it works just fine and I would never go back to changing airstones. I have no microbubbles returning out the overflow.

Here's my recommendation: turn the flow input regulator on top to about 45 degrees. If it is wide open, the water flow is so high that bubbles just go right through the thing. This reduces the overall flow of water through the skimmer. Open the air valve as much as possible to the point where the air valve almost becomes lose and rattles.

The air input and the flow rate are related. As you allow more air in, you will reduce the flow. You can actually reduce the bubbles escaping by adding more air. If you can't, dial the flow back a bit more. Adding more air reduces the water flow, which keeps the bubbles in the chamber.

Yes...I also tweak the air intact knob almost weekly.
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Old 03-15-2004, 11:58 PM   #15
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Cool,

It is nice to here that it works well. I am so relieved that I didn't go out and buy the seaclone.

I just want to say that big als is a rip off. The independent store is at LEAST 10 dollars cheaper on most of the things that I was looking at and 25 buck on the skimmer (same model and everything.)

Ahh... Makes me mad, and they say that they guarantee the lowest price. Bahh
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aquaclear 200
prizm skimmer
maxijet 900 powerhead
100W (maybe 150W) heater, but heating isnt a prob
1.5 inches of crushed coral
some decoration stuff including a couple peices of old dried coral.) Not sure if it is real to be honest...
Crappy lights that I am going to rebuild, just for come flourescents
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:38 AM   #16
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It will take time, and it depends on water chemistry. You don't really want to crank it up too much because it will create wet foam and waste too much SW. Give it time and enough dirt build up in the tank, then you will see the dry foam. The dry foam bubbles should be much bigger than the water bubbles you're seeing and it should be brownish color.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:56 PM   #17
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ok well we have it running and there is stuff in the cup. its more dirty water then goop. i'm assuming once we get more stuff in the tank it will get goopier
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also our salt level is at 1.021 should I add a little more salt? or is it fine?
Raise your salinity. 1.021 is too low. If you are maintaining a Fish Only than raise it to 1.023 to 1.025. If you are maintaining a Reef tank, than raise the salinity to 1.026.
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:03 PM   #19
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reeeally.

hmm okay i'll raise it a bit.

we bought more live rock last night. another 17lbs. in total we have like, 25 lbs.

i'll try to take pics tonight of our tank.
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Old 03-19-2004, 06:57 PM   #20
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Dayna please post some pics. Sounds like the tank is coming together.

Sounds like you have a similar tank to what I am working towards.

Good luck!
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aquaclear 200
prizm skimmer
maxijet 900 powerhead
100W (maybe 150W) heater, but heating isnt a prob
1.5 inches of crushed coral
some decoration stuff including a couple peices of old dried coral.) Not sure if it is real to be honest...
Crappy lights that I am going to rebuild, just for come flourescents
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