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Old 05-08-2006, 11:22 PM   #1
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Slime or something in wetdry

I just did a 20% water change to my 90G and when I siphoned some water from my wetdry I noticed that there was a whole bunch of "slime" on the top of the water and attached to my protein skimmer and such.

I don't know if my pumps aren't strong enough or what. It seems like the water is pretty stagnet in there... like I don't see a current or anything at all. So that could be it.

Should I do something about this... or is it just me being picky?

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Old 05-09-2006, 10:18 AM   #2
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How much water do you have flowing through your sump? What kind of skimmer do you have and are you getting good skimmate?
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How much water do I have flowing through my sump? Well, my pump that I have (Aquus Surge 6000) is 870gph. I have a Rio 1700 (625 gph) hooked up to my skimmer... a Sealife Systems Venturi Protein Skimmer.

Am I getting good skimmate? Uh, I think so. There's some nasty sludge at the top of the skimmer... and the cup that it drains to is coffee colored with some other junk in there. It's pretty gross now that I think of it.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:34 PM   #4
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I wouldn’t worry about the slight surface film then. You have plenty of flow and it sounds like your skimmer is doing great I assume you have bubble traps within it but I’m still surprised you have any surface slime with that much water moving through it.
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Well, there doesn't appear to be any water movement. Like, if you just look at the water near the pumps... it's very still. You can hear the pumps going and you can see water coming out in the tank... but the water in the wet dry is pretty still.

As for a bubble trap, I just have a some filter media that the protein skimmer pours on. It takes out all the bubbles... works for me
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I got the same surface scum in my fowlr sump. I want to say its a protein build up.. it comes and goes..
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That's for the reassurance! I really appreciate it!
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Only other thing you could do is hook up a surface skimmer to your skimmer pump to remove it.
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I must be an idiot... how do I connect that to the skimmer pump in my wet dry?

And honestly... do I really need it?

Thanks for all your help man... I TRULY appreciate it!
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It’s fairly straight forward in connecting. Basically it comes with a tube you hook up to the intake of your pump/ph on the skimmer. I used it with my cichlid tank hooked up to my canister filter and it cleared the surface scum instantly. If your scum is minor then you probably don’t need it.

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