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Old 07-02-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hi There, I finally ordered a protein skimmer. I just installed it (AquaticLife Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115) in my sump. I think I have it set at the right water level. My question is about the air intake flow. I had it set too much and it quickly bubbled up and filled the cup with water. Right now I have it bubbling about 1/3 way up the cone. The manual wasn't very clear with where to leave it. Do I leave it where I have it, and as it skims it eventually gets thicker and up and over into the cup? Help please.
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Hi There, I finally ordered a protein skimmer. I just installed it (AquaticLife Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115) in my sump. I think I have it set at the right water level. My question is about the air intake flow. I had it set too much and it quickly bubbled up and filled the cup with water. Right now I have it bubbling about 1/3 way up the cone. The manual wasn't very clear with where to leave it. Do I leave it where I have it, and as it skims it eventually gets thicker and up and over into the cup? Help please.
Yes. Start with it low for a week or so and then start to adjust it up. How many inches of water is it sitting in?
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Its in about 8" of water. So far its still just white bubbles in the cone. At some point they'll start to turn green to brown in color?
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no. the bubbles will always appear white. dissolved organics will attach to the bubbles in the reaction chamber and be forced to the top where they will be pushed over the riser tube. is there a lot of bubbles? is it quiet?
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As far as quiet I don't know what to compare it to. Its not really loud or anything. I can see in the lower chamber the impeller is really swirling the water into bubbles. There are a lot of bubbles coming up, I wasn't sure how high I should set the air intake. When I first set it up (yesterday) I had it bubbling over the top of the cone and just filling up with water. Overnight I set it that the bubble are 1/3 to 1/2 way up the cone. There is a little bit of water in the cup now, yellow tinge to it...
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As far as quiet I don't know what to compare it to. Its not really loud or anything. I can see in the lower chamber the impeller is really swirling the water into bubbles. There are a lot of bubbles coming up, I wasn't sure how high I should set the air intake. When I first set it up (yesterday) I had it bubbling over the top of the cone and just filling up with water. Overnight I set it that the bubble are 1/3 to 1/2 way up the cone. There is a little bit of water in the cup now, yellow tinge to it...
8" is typically good. Like Mr.X said, the bubbles are always going to look white. It sounds like where you have it set now will be ok while it breaks in and then you can readjust if needed. Let us know how many days it takes to fill up the collection cup with its current setting.
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I am in the exact same boat. Same skimmer and same questions. My bubbles are 1/3 right now. I guess it is wait and see.

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interesting. the reason i ask about the skimmer is that it seems that it's very difficult to manufacture a protein skimmer that is small, and efficient. i have yet to hear of one that is truly effective enough to warrant it's purchase.
let us know what happens!
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Wow, that skimmer really is "mini". Read the reviews from this link, people tell how they set it. AquaticLife Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115 Reviews
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yeah, I've read those reviews, I always read the reviews before purchase, the reason I ended up getting this "mini" The majority say its the best for the size. I'll keep you updated with the progress. This being my first skimmer it might take a bit to get the skimmer height and water flow setup right.
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