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Old 04-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
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protein skimmer not working properly??

I bought a bubble magus NAC 3 skimmer for my 54 gallon bow front. I've had my setup for 2 months now. My skimmer has worked fine. I have the water level set properly and have had no real issues adjusting and leaving it. Yesterday, I added water (as I usually do) to top off my wet/dry setup. I checked the skimmer and noticed it was sending up an extreme amount of bubbles into the skimmer cup. I adjusted the level but to no avail. I pulled the skimmer out and checked/cleaned any hoses and the belly of the skimmer itself. Pump attached to skimmer looks fine but unsure if I need to clean something else. I placed it back in and adjusted the level but no matter which way I turn the adjuster tube, there is no good setting anymore. Any ideas? The dial is numbered 0-max. I had it set on 4 but now that is too much, so is 1 and so is max.



I don't have a large wet/dry filter (not 3 chambers). I was told that this is my mistake and yet, when I purchased the skimmer, it was made for the 2 chambered setup. I was also told (as seen in the image) that I need to remove my bio balls, that they will raise my nitrate levels. Seriously?



Pardon me if I get a little frustrated. I am so confused about the saltwater tank hobby. I am not new to fishkeeping, just the saltwater side of it. This has definitely been a learning experience. Sometimes, I just don't know who to believe. I purchased this setup on the advice of a well known aquarium shop in my state. Now, its wrong?? From food to fish, I keep making mistakes. Its crazy and its costing me money! If anyone can give me advice, I would appreciate it. (Ok, done venting for now. Thanks for listening) Anyway, back to the skimmer issue...
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:05 AM   #2
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Is the skimmer in the return section?

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