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Old 03-03-2005, 10:17 PM   #1
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skimmer slime - do I scrub it off?

When emptying my skimmer cup, should I clean off the slime & scum that's deposited on the tube leading up to the cup? I know that I don't want that junk in the water, but will cleaning it off require the skimmer to need to somewhat "break in" again?

Hope that makes sense...

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Old 03-03-2005, 10:27 PM   #2
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Yes and Yes. Clean the cup and the tube. The break-in will not be very long, but that might depend on your skimmer. I don't scrub it but I do clean it enough to see through it again.

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i just wipe it off with a bunch of paper towels
i dont go as far as trying to get it spotless
since its under my canopy
re-break in is about 30 mins
b4 it gets going again (every 3 weeks or when it gets to funky brown)
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:30 PM   #4
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It is very yucky to do... dont smell your hands afterwards! I give mine a good scrub twice a day.
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Old 03-08-2005, 02:11 AM   #5
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Everything said here seems accurate IME as I have been cleaning all of mine off and it seems that there is a very short break in period (can be about 5-10 min)

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