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Old 05-21-2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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First water change, need help...

So we got RO water 2 days ago mixed in the salt. Check the levels today and all the levels checked out. We shut the wet/dry off and had a puddle under our feet in minutes, I think this happened because i was supposed to take water out of the overflow right after we shut it off. OOPS!! We learn from our mistakes though!

Completed the water change and PH is low between 7.5 and 8.0 (cant get an accurate # with the test strips, waiting for our new test kit in the mail). I dissolved some marine buffer according to the directions and hope this ups it to 8.3 soon.

The other problem is the water level is low in the tank but the overflow in the wet dry is high, I cant seem to figure out why? What is going on?
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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Got some more RO today and Im going to attempt to add more water but if the overflow in the sump rises Im not sure what to do. Also I have a question about my protein skimmer, since I bought the tank used I dont have a user manual for the sump. It is a sealife systems pro series 150 with a protein skimmer. The skimmer does not work at all (completely dry) Is it clogged or something? There are lots and lots of white 'worms' or something all over it? ugh! I want to remove the whole thing and clean it and hope that is the solution. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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Do youhave the skimmer attached to a pump?
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Hmm... Let me describe my sump

3 parts: 1st part has the protein skimmer and 1 pump
2nd has bio balls and
3rd is the overflow and there is a pump in there too

Are you asking if the skimmer is attached to the first pump? It looks like the pump is just sitting on the bottom. Since I bought a used tank I figured I might have to fix what someone else neglected but it is worth it.
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The skimmer should be attached to the pump and then turned on. It will fill and generate lots of bubbles. Give it a try! Good luck!
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Thanks. Ill work on all of this tomorrow.
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For your second problem, your overflow is dumping water into your sump at a certain gph and your return pump is pushing water back into your DT at about the same gph. Therefore if you add water to the sump, only the sump water level will increase, not the DT. If your DT is low right now, I would just put SW into the DT until it is as high as you want it. After that, you add FW to the return section for evaporation. If the explanation is kinda hard to understand, just ask and I'll try to clarify more
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That makes sense the only part I'm confused on is you said 'add FW to the return for evaporation....
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Hes saying that when you need to replenish the evaporation with fresh water, put it in the sump instead of the DT.
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