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Old 03-04-2006, 11:05 AM   #1
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If doing 40% water change weekly will skimmer not produce

I am wondering why my skimmer is not producing any skim. I have a 10 gallon tank:

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I am wondering if the skimmer is not producing anyhitng due to the fact that I am doing about 40% water changes each week. Was doign that because of an algae issue I had. It is not turnign around.

My skimmer is a piece of crap Seaclone but I have moded it out a little. It was produsing a few weeks ago but has since stopped givign me anything. What do you all think?
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You don't really have alot of bioload to produce much skimate without doing such large waterchanges, doing that much weekly would definitely reduce skimate production.
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I agree that your PWC at 40% will not leave much to skim. Try doing half that much.
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I have two 10-gal. tanks more populated than yours, and only do 2 gal. WC every week. My skimmer is producing just fine. I am not familiar with your filter, but I have a Skilter250 on one of my tanks (Bio-Wheel filter on the other). The only thing I don't like about it (besides the noise) is that it dumps millions of micro bubbles in the tank. I haven't been able to find a way to stop that without changing the way my skimmer skims.

I agree with the others in that 40% WC is not necessary for your bioload. Do you have a DSB? How much LR do you have? Those can really help with the filtration as well.

How old is your tank?

Here's a thought if you cut back on the water changes and still get no skim:
If the tank is fairly new, maybe it was skimming before because of the inballance in water quality; but now that it's older the water quality has stabilized, so there's nothing much to skim anymore.
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Tank is not new. Skimmer is a real piece of junk. Tried modding it but it has nto helped all that much.

The tank is over a year old but has only had coral in it for about 2 months now. I was havign algae issues so I purchased a RO system. However I did more testign and found out that the RO system was not takign out enought phosphate. I had a DI canister on the system but still read levels of phosphate at .5ppm.

So I started running phoshate remover in the filter with some carbon. And I decided to do massive water changes to get things stable. HAs worked so I am goign to do one more big one and then move down to smalller changes.
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