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Old 09-02-2003, 12:57 PM   #1
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Venturi Protien Skimmer

I have an in-sump venturi protien skimmer.

If I adjust the air up just a tiny tiny bit, the bubbles overflow like crazy. After about an hour, I have removed a pint of clear water into the coke bottle I use to catch the overflow from the cup.

If I turn it back down a tiny tiny bit, I don't get any bubbles in the cup at all.

Anyone else have these periods where your protien skimmer doesn't really produce anything??

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Old 09-02-2003, 02:28 PM   #2
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Anytime there is something that changes the "texture" of the water (food, oil from your hand, etc...) your skimmer will stop production for a short period. From what it sounds like though, you may want to invest in a more sensitive adjustment for your venturi, something that accepts more minute adjustments.
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That makes sense. I first started to notice a difference (skimmer running like crazy) after I added the Maracyn to the tank. The water seemed to get 'slimy' and the bubbles would't pop and just ran amock!

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That explains quite a bit. The maracyn (e-mycin) will make the skimmer go nuts, until it is all removed. I would also clean the skimmer to remove any of the med that may have coated the skimmer. It may be a week or two before you can run the skimmer after adding this particular medication.
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In this week or two, will not removing protiens add to brown algae? could this be the reason I have been seeing so much brown algae lately?

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