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Old 06-24-2005, 09:21 AM   #1
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problem with skimmer

I got a cpr bak pak 2R almost three weeks ago. The night that i got it , it had already collected some stuff in the cup. But now that i've had it 3 weeks, i have emptied the cup once, even then it could have gone a day or two withouth being emtpied. since i emptied it last weekend, it has hardly collected anything, less than half a cm. A guy I know said his Aqua C remora's cup has to be emtied almost every two days. Is my skimmer working right? It all seems ok, but its not collecting anything in the cup.
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I would give it more time sometimes new skimmers can take a while to develop the slim coating that helps in creating skimmate. It could also be that your tank just doesn't have anything to skim. Unlikely, but certainly a possibility. Certainly every tank is different and what happens in your friends tank might not and probably won't in your tank.
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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skimmers need time to break in. at one point my sea clone's cup needed emptied daily but now twice a week is enough for it. it will sometimes need emptied immediatly and sometimes a week or more is enough time for stuff to accumulate.
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:59 PM   #4
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try adjusting the collection cup. Maybe lower it a little bit more. If the skimmate looks like watered down tea, it needs to be raised a little bit. if you are getting nothing, lower it.
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i wouldnt judge by a seaclone....
i agree with SirLight....check the adjustments
I know mine took awhile and the junk varys by the bioload too and the amount u fee ur critters
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Ok ill afust it and give it some time. It also seems like a lot of micro bubbles are getting int my tank. will that also stop once the skimmer is broken in? Or is that also something that needs to be adjusted?
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that means the output of the skimmer is putting out the bubbles and the return pump is returning them into the main
i had a simiral issue and a few things i did was to move the return pump alitle or turn it around
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