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Old 05-29-2012, 10:04 AM   #101
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i dont like how it transitions from the bubble chamber to the collection cup neck. the cone is nice, but the cup once in place creates a "step" before it can bubble up.

its become finicky with how it skims. i do periodically disassemble the pump to clean it, and still sometimes its wet, some times its dry, in terms of skimmate. ive looked at my skimmer before ive left the house to look around the lfs noting that my cup is half full only to come back an hour later and its overflowing, spilling back into the sump.

this was an ebay special and im hoping that a quality skimmer with a positive reputation will be better than what i have.
Sounds like my skimmer. I hate it. I have a cadlights 1150 and I can never get the dang thing dialed in.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:29 AM   #102
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ive got gfo running now and my algae has all but disappeared in the 3 weeks its been in service.

checked my nitrates. first time in a long time. api liquid test kit. nitrates are at 20 ppm. i would have thought running biopellets for 3 months now, it would have been less. i tested twice with the same results.

next water change is due for my tank this friday. ill check again then. if they have not reduced im pulling the pellets.


still saving for a better skimmer. other than that im really wanting to upgrade the size of my tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:34 AM   #103
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You do a 10% pwc every week?
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:37 AM   #104
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Might be time to get a red sea nitrate kit. It is easier to read then API and very accurate . You won't be disappointed with it.your probably a lot lower than your reading now with API I know i was
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:56 AM   #105
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+1 on the red sea test kits. I really like them.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:59 AM   #106
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i do about 30 gallons every 2 weeks. total system volume is about 70 gallons once you add my sump into the mix

redsea test kit.... i did join carey's brs group buy for next week so ill pick some up.
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When I got mine 3 tests with API showed 20 to 40 ppm . Redsea read 16 ppm everytime . All the API tubes were different shades of orange
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:10 AM   #108
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neat. i will have to pick up some then. i would expect to get 0 ppm nitrate. ill keep running the biopellets until i can test with the redsea kit.
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Also try doing 10% pwc every week... Helps my tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:32 AM   #110
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weekly 10%? i can do 10 gallons a week no problem. do you ever do a big water change?

thanks gents.

again, if i dont test near 0ppm im ditching the pellets. i could use the reactor for gfo on my discus. fyi java wood is no good as an interesting freshwater driftwood.
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