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Old 07-27-2005, 10:45 PM   #1
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CPR Bak Pak question

I have been using a cpr bak pak skimmer on my 26gal fowlr for about 8 months. It doesn't really collect that much skimmate and when it does, it is usually green tea colored.(Not the black stuff I keep reading about). I clean it about once a month and the collection cup never gets more than about 1/10 full. Also, when it collects, it usually only foams up at night. I've had the same 3 fish forever. An occelaris clown, 6 line wrasse and watchman goby. They are perfectly happy and all of my water parameters are in check. I do 20% water changes every 3-4weeks. Should I look at replacing the skimmer or is it working correctly based on my bioload and maintainence? i.e. " If it ain't broke, don't fix it"???

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Old 07-28-2005, 01:53 AM   #2
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I would guess that all is well. My skimmer was the same for quite a while when I had little to no corals and just a few fish. It never pulled out much gunk and it was usually green. Now I have about 20 corals in the 33 gallon and it pulls at about 3 times as much and very black in color.

So, I would think you are probably fine and its just the bioload.


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Old 07-28-2005, 08:47 AM   #3
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how often do you pull the pump on hte skimmer and clean the inside, where hte impelleer sits?
is it a rio or maxi-jet pump?

it could be that you don't have much to skim, or maybe you just need to clean the pump to improve it's performance. if you have a rio pump, i'd replace eit with a maxi-jet and the adapter kit for it.
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:55 PM   #4
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I have cleaned the pump on a couple of occasions. It is a maxi-jet. Like i said, my fish have always seemed healthy and happy. I have about 30lbs of liverock and coraline everywhere. Maybe my tank is just really healthy and there is not much to skim.
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