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Old 04-22-2014, 09:47 AM   #11
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How deep does the water need to be that the skimmer sits in?
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:11 AM   #12
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How deep does the water need to be that the skimmer sits in?
my skimmer is in about 6" of water right now, and i planned it that way to be able to tune up or down once broken in, but you can go i believe 8" deep as well.
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Is there a range, will it function in 4 inches? I have an open
area in the w/d sump. Just need to know how much additional
media need be submerged in my set up. Thanks
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i wanna say 4" will be pushing it to its limits, skimmers are in the most literal sense a game of inches, so i would say 6" would be the minimum, if anything in that empty chamber you have you can add a piece of plexiglass on top of the trap just before to increase water height in the chamber. ive done it to a wet/dry to convert one to a refugium, all you need is plexibond from any hardware store to glue the plexiglass to plexiglass.
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This tank is a F O W L R correct ?
40 ppm on a F O W L E R is totally acceptable
you need to take into consideration you have some dirty fish on that list
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i actually didnt even think of this, my bad, but it is the in the reef section, to the OP theres a fowlr only section for fowlr tanks bud. and i agree with 54seaweed above, 40ppm is completely fine.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:36 PM   #17
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Well, it is that you are feeding too much. You should only be feeding 2-3 times a week. This is what is elevating your nitrates and causing the algae growth. Do a large 50% water change and follow it up with weekly 10% water changes. This will keep the nitrates lower.

Either way, op if you want to keep your nitrates lower just do what hank suggested
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Sorry folks, fish only. I'm going to add a cuc, but corals,stars and anemones are not our cup o tea. My best gal likes triggers and we have 4 damsel from hell. Very aggressive/active tank. I'm gonna get the skimmer just as an aid to water quality. Thanks all.
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One thing I just learned. Even with very healthy fish, you can put cuc in a tank with 40ppm nitrate. Hermits, shrimp and snails all dead in 24 hrs.
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