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Old 02-27-2008, 12:09 AM   #1
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I just got a protein skimmer.
I was wondering how long it takes till it starts collecting crap?
Also, do I leave it running all the time?
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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There is a break-in period I bought a aquamedicTurboflotor multi it kept overflowing a really watery thin foam that overflowed out of the cup. I put it in a tub of saltwater that I was cycling some new Liverock in for a week to help with the break in period. I then cut the tubing between the pump and the skimmer and put a ball valve in to slow the flow so it wouldn't overflow. I removed the ball valve after 2more weeks.
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I can't figure this thing out at all.
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What kind of skimmer is it and what problems are you having?
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:46 AM   #5
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It generally takes a few days to a week or even slightly longer till the break-in period is over. You should let it run 24/7.

What is the make and model of the skimmer you have?
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I agree with the other guys here. Let us know what kind of skimmer it is chances are someone on here has the same skimmer and can give you some personal experience.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:52 PM   #7
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It is a ODYSSEA AQUARIUM VENTURI that I bought off of ebay on the cheap.
It is now working but the thing is incredibly loud.
It sucks that I bought it because my tank is in my bedroom and I cant sleep w/ it on at night.
I can barely fall asleep w/ my Emperor 400.

My new question would be about the
Bak-Pak 2

The Bak-Pak 2 Protien Skimmer & Bio-Filter

I've heard it was good but is it quite?






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If it is really loud then something is not quite right with it. Probably pulling too much air. You should be able to adjust the amount of air going into the ventrui.

Look at an Aqua-C Remora. They are very good skimmers. I wouldn't buy anything that has bio-balls or floss in it.
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If it is really loud then something is not quite right with it. Probably pulling too much air. You should be able to adjust the amount of air going into the ventrui.

Look at an Aqua-C Remora. They are very good skimmers. I wouldn't buy anything that has bio-balls or floss in it.
When I turn down the air intake I don't get foam.
Why no on the Bak-Pak2?
I've seen other Mods on this site suggest it...just wondering.
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Personal choice...If I were to spend the money on a HOB skimmer it would be the Aqua-C Remora. They have an outstanding record.
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