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Old 07-17-2003, 11:57 PM   #1
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New Protein Skimmer questions??

I have recently purchased the Turboflotor 1000 skimmer and I can't seem to get it working properly. The water doesn't have hardly any pressure in the skimmer so it won't push the water inside up to the top, and the bubbles are close to nill. The pump that came with it is rated at 692gph so it should be plenty...I have a 55gal tank. The skimmer didn't come with very clear directions, only how to modify the pump impeller with the needle wheel. All that is correctly assembled and the pump works great when not connected to the skimmer. I don't know what the hell to do. Anybody out there familiar with the Turboflotor 1000 insump skimmer, it's made by Aquamedic. Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:04 AM   #2
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hello there.. no expert on that but here is a site that gives you the manual for it..
http://www.aqua-medic.de/eng/support...1000multi.html
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:32 AM   #3
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I know it's not what you want to hear, but I have TWO of these and they both work great. The only time mine stops is when the pump jams occassionally. Then it's just "tap,tap' on it and away we go.
It sounds like your air tube might not be totally clear. That's what provides the bubbles, so it needs to be clear and, of course, above water level. If you blow on it, like a straw, do bubble then enter the collumn? It should not be hard to blow bubbles. What are you using to provide water to the skimmer (through the 1/2 inch rigid tube that stands up toward the right of the pump. On one of mine I just use a gravity feed from the tank. On the other I have a small powerhead connected to it, feeding water from the sump.
Once it's being fed water and air, and the pump is running, the only adjustments are with the flow of the water leaving the two output tubes. There are baffles on the top of each that allows you to restrict the output (bubbles rise higher in the chamber) or open the output if the bubbles rise so much that water is collected in the cup instead of nice dry foam.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick response guys! Tagamet...on yours...are the bubbles so thick that you can't see through them in the reaction chamber? I am only getting a minimal amout of bubbles. The air tube is totally clear as I have only just recieved the unit yesterday. I was providing water to the skimmer through the gravity overflow and it appeared to be working but still no bubbles to speak of. I want to feed the skimmer from the sump tank so I shall try the powerhead feeding water from the sump as you are doing. Thanks again and any more suggestions would be much appreciated!!
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:53 AM   #5
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Take the two baffles out of the outlets. Turn them both so that the diamond shpe hole is toward the back - toward the collection cup.. That should maximize the amont of bubbles in the collumn. If that doesn't work, try adding a small air pump to the air intake tube to force air in there. These things DO do a good job once they are set up correctly.Oh, and don't look for immediate changes in output as you adjust things. Sometimes it take 30 to 45 minutes for the change in bubble height and output to the cup to show up. Make a change - like putting the baffles in so that the hole is toward the back and WAIT. You may be too impatien and expect immediate chages for each tweak. It doesn't work that way.
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Old 07-18-2003, 04:58 AM   #6
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Thanks for your help Tagamet! I hooked up a powerhead to feed the skimmer from the sump and watched for about an hour. That seems to work great but I am still real low on the bubble side. My bubbles in the reaction pipe are similar to a low boil. I think I am going to have to add an air pump and possibly a ozonizer too! Just out of curiosity...Tagamet...are your skimmers producing the thick white bubbles that you can't see through? I thought that what these things are supposed to do. If so are you using an air pump?
Thanks for all the help.
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:56 AM   #7
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I hooked up a powerhead to feed the skimmer
It is quite possible that the powerhead you hooked up is not strong enough to run the skimmer...what did you use?
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If you just got the unit, that may be the problem right there!. They take a week or so to get enough crud in them, er, I meant to break in. Set the knobs on the top to block as much water as possible and wait a few days. That may be all it takes. PS - don't assume that because it's new that the air tube is clear. I've seen them come new with a glump of plastic inside that blocks them entirely.
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The powerhead Im using is a MaxiJet 900 rated at 230 gph...should I use a stronger one?? I checked the air tube again and it's clear, but I don't know if it should be sucking in more air than it is. It seems like, on most skimmers, the bubbles make a white froth that are impossible to see through. My bubbles are just like a med low boil.??? Is that how it's supposed to be?
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My skimmer's air tubes make an audible sucking noise as the air is sucked in. Also, it's either under water or it's not. If it's not under water and is therefore exposed to air, it's exposed "enough" .
Yes, you could use more power on the pump used.
Did you turn the baffles to restrict as much water as possible? Was there a noticeable effect?
You couldn't have taken the advice to give it some break in time....
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