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Old 09-13-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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New nano skimmer... broken...???

I just recently bought a aqualife internal mini skimmer 115 after reading several good reviews.

Now it has been running in my tank for almost a week and it still doesnt seem to be working. I am wondering if any of yall have used this same skimmer and had problems at first or know whats going on.

I am brand new to fish tanks so any advice would be helpful from what i can see it seems like the pump is running way too fast and not only filling the tank with air bubbles but overflowing the collection cup.

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Old 09-13-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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How big is that tank you have? It's possible that the skimmer is broken, considering i haven't heard any good things about the nano skimmers. But then again, i haven't heard any bad things either. It could also just be that it is still breaking in. I have seen skimmers break in at two weeks.. so i guess anything is possible.

By the way, when i was setting up my skimmer, it was overflowing with water just as yours is because i didn't have something that was creating bubbles.. which would be an airline tube in my case. Are you sure you have everything hooked up correctly?
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ya i have a 29g and i am sure that everything is hooked up correctly... hmm so i should wait another week i suppose... it has toned down alot on the noise but i thought it should have gone hand in hand with the power of the motor.

Do all new skimmers have a breakin period or it is just the nanos?
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Most of them, if not all have break in periods. It doesn't just pertain to the nanos.
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All new skimmers will need to go through a break-in period, it removes all the oils from the inside. Your tank doesn't have to have a skimmer, PWC will do the same.
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IMO your skimmer is running way too wet. The upper section should empty except for a green sludge. Try adjusting your skimmer higher out of the water. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSC00205.jpg
I bought a Fission Nano skimmer for a 12 gallon and could never get rid of the micro bubbles. I also had a Turbo Floater 1000 (rated at 250 gallons) on a 30 gallon but it never produced much. IMO any tank under 50 gallons can rely on water changes to remove dissolved organics.
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ok will try to raise it and see what happens i am also going to call aqua life and see what they recomend about fixing it
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