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Old 12-28-2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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Glad to hear I'm not totally doomed lol. Here's a pic of it with the blue lights on. Click image for larger version

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I installed an eheim surface skimmer tonight as well.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:04 PM   #12
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Looks good and the blue will really make corals pop! Zoas are perfect for your tank and come in a million colors!
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #13
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Thanks! I bought a new skimmer yesterday ( original one I bought from a friend and it made too much noise). The new one is a home made type deal from the lfs. It's hangs on the side and runs off of a power head with a wood airstone in the bottom. There is a valve to control how much water is let in and I don't know how I should set it.

I have tested my tank and levels are all where they should be. Should the skimmer be producing waste constantly or should I turn it down? Currently it's running with a constant drip. I have a hose from the top into the buck so that I don't have to keep dumping the cup. The water in the bucket just looks like clear tank water, is it not suppose to be gross looking? I'm worrying it just draining my tank unnecessarily.

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #14
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If there's nothing to skim (fish waste, dissolved food, etc.), there shouldn't be any skimmate produced. You are correct in that you are just syphoning out water if none of what I mentioned exists. There's good information on the web as to how and why protein skimmers do what they do. A little research should help you out and make it efficient for you.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #15
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+1 I would not even use it until you're through the cycle. If you want to keep it on dial it back the skim mate should be very dark.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #16
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Ok thanks for the help. I've been searching for info on just what to expect from your skimmer but haven't found anything other than " help my fish are dying because my skimmer is broken" lol. I'll keep it turned down.
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I would recommend a refractometer
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_skimmer

This has basic info about them.
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