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Old 03-28-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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I have a 40g tank, and I bought a 65g skimmer. Super skimmer from coralife with the needle wheel. I set it up 2 days ago, but I don't notice any change, it doesn't create any microbubbles, or foam. It seems as if the water is just stuck there. I need info on "how is it supposed to work". The collection cup cone has water to the middle. The bubble production diffuser blows a bit of big bubbles but they inmidiatly float to surface. the skimmer has a 650- 750 gph pump. How much water should I have on my collection cup cone? And last, how is the flow control valve supposed to work? I noticed when is take it out, a lot of bubbles are created but when is fasten, no bubbles at all, and I can't have it on medium since it gets pushed out by the water.

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Old 03-28-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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I don't have a HOB skimmer, but it looks to me like your air line is down in the water. It needs to be able to pull air from the room to be able to produce sufficient bubbles to skim.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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good catch, that is what I was going to say. Your air hose goes to your pump then out to the air so that the pump can pull the air in causing your bubbles to foam and bubble up into the cone and into your collection cup.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:01 PM   #5
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Ok!. Well the pump is not pulling any air. The air tube has been out of the water through the air silencer.
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is threre a little adjustment knob on the end of the air hose? make sure thats not closed. i have a aquaclear powerhead that has a venturi and a valve on it
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Nope no valve. Just two valve the water flow and the water level.
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I have the same skimmer on my 75 so hopefully I can help. Make sure your air hose is high up since when you turn it off it is hanging down it will create a siphon. I found that out the hard way. Look at the dial that is on the tube in the water. I have mine almost all the way open. Next adjust the red dial on the top of the tube out of the water. From there it is just playing with it. Just mess with the dials and you will quickly figure out where you want it. Lower water is dry skim which is what I start with. When my water is very clean I have to turn it up to keep the waste exiting. If you read through the manual you will figure it out easily.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:35 AM   #9
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Thank you!. I'm learning all this stuff before I buy corals and fishes. This forum has beed awsome and I get great answers from here.

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That's a great idea. I had a friend that didn't do all the research and salt water life became a nightmare. Just take you time and plan out everything you want. If you just start adding things you'll limit yourself in the future. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
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