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Old 08-27-2004, 01:00 PM   #1
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Supercharge Skimmer w/Melafix?

I've read some info about various products and stuff that you can *occasionally* add to your reef to improve the temporary skimming ability. Martin Moe suggests something like adding albumin or "fish slime coat" products once every week or to and the skimmer will yak it all out and take out a lot of other organics that piggy-back with the additive.

Since Melafix claims to be reef safe, and is quickly removed by carbon (ie, not going to hang around long anyway) and produces an INCREDIBLE amount of froth for a small dose, wouldn't it be a safe alternative?

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Old 08-27-2004, 02:04 PM   #2
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so you want to force your skimmer to collect something you put in the tank?
Just to see if it works?

Maybe you bio load isnt' big enough to produce enough yet...
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Old 08-27-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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Safe? Yes.
Waste of money? Likely. The supplements likely add just what you're trying to remove: protein, therefore the increase in skimming.

Can't you adjust your skimmer so it increases skimming?
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Old 08-27-2004, 04:36 PM   #4
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by adding stuff like slime coat enhancers youre really just giving the skimmer something to remove. I wouldn't waste my time or risk my water quality by doing this.
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Old 09-01-2004, 12:36 PM   #5
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Actually I don't have the skimmer in operation yet (tank is new and cycling, seems like skimming would just prolong the cycling). I just read about it in a book by Martin A. Moe, who is pretty sharp on the sciences behind marine aquatics. He recommended this "charging" of the skimmer only as a "once in a while" thing b/c sometimes the skimmer stops producing foam (not enough organics in the water), but adding a safe organic would produce foam AND REMOVE some otherwise not-wanted chemicals that tag along with the added organic. I'd have to experiment with it though, once the skimmer is up and working.
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:30 PM   #6
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I empty my skimmer every day to every other day. The last darn thing I want to do is increase my output. When it stops producing foam, then I would think about researching it. Until then...no extra chemicals in my tank.
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I'm with bearfan on this one. even my POS Prizm produces a half inch of skimmate on a daily basis.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:16 PM   #8
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I have kind of wondered about this myself, I have a 20 gal reef and am running a skilter. Sometimes it foams for days and other times no matter how I try to adjust it it just won't froth. I've always figured there must not be enough waste/protein to skim, a good thing I assume.
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