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Old 01-04-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Stupid Skimmer

Hey everyone. I'm digging this site and all the info I have gotten so far.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with an aquac remora pro skimmer?

I read great things about them. I have one running on my sump. It's been running almost two weeks so I know it may still be breaking in.

The problem is this thing is pulling a ton of water. I have actually moved the rubber O ring under the drain outlet on the collection cup to keep it from filling up a 5 gallon bucket per day. I don't have an auto water top off system yet, so I am constantly checking to make sure my return chamber on my sump isn't running dry because of all the water the protein skimmer is taking out of the system.

Does this sound excessive even for a break in period? Did I get a lemon?
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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Isn't there a way to raise the collection cup so that the liquids don't get in it? Want it high enuf so only the bubbles get into the cup area, not water.
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Usually there are adjustments you can make on them. Certain parts you can slide up and down.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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austindad is correct you can control the wetness and dryness of the foam by raising and lowering the collection cup. If the cup is to low it will only pull out water as you are experiencing. Good call.....
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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Trust me, the cup is at the highest point possible. It is adjusted with a thick rubber O-Ring that you slide up and down.

There is a screw that gives access to the injection nozzle for cleaning, so I cleaned that out just in case, but the unit is pretty new so I doubt there was anything clogging it.

I guess I will give it another week or so and see what happens. If it doesn't stop putting out so much water, I'm going to have to send it back.
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And you've got the correct sized powerhead connected to it? Isn't there also some type of regulator valve?
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I added an air valve to mine. It lets me increase and decrease the amount of air getting into the unit. I've found that a 30% air reduction gets me the right amount of skimmate at my desired height. Try restricting the tube by bending it a bit and see what effect it has. Just a thought
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And you've got the correct sized powerhead connected to it? Isn't there also some type of regulator valve?
I'm using a mag 3 pump which came with it.

As far as I know, the O ring is the only possible way to adjust the quality of skimmate on this unit. Maybe I'm missing something. Hopefully I am, which would mean an easy fix.

It is not putting out quite so much water since I moved the O ring underneith the drain fitting, but the bubble produced are still very wet, and if I didn't have the drain fitting emptying into a 5 gallon bucket, I would have to empty the collection cup multiple times per day.
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I added an air valve to mine. It lets me increase and decrease the amount of air getting into the unit. I've found that a 30% air reduction gets me the right amount of skimmate at my desired height. Try restricting the tube by bending it a bit and see what effect it has. Just a thought
I will bend the tube and see what happens. Where exactly did you add the air valve?
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a the end of the tube. i had one of those multivalve things laying around from a FW tank... plugged the tube in and used the valve stem to fine tune.

BTW: They are also great for drip acclimation

Mine are a bit diff (older)
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