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Old 06-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer issues...still lol

So I started running the Reef Octopus BH 100 a little more than a month ago and no matter how much I adjust the collection cup I still get micro bubbles in my tank. The open top next to the collection cup is constantly over flowing as well. Anybody have this filter who can help? Unfortunately it's to late to return it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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Are you sure you have it in the recommended depth? Do you have some photos of the setup? Do you have any baffles or a bubble trap to help reduce the amount of bubbles?
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I've seen people recommend filter floss for those skimmers to reduce the microbubbles, but I can't comment on the overflowing issue.
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The directions consisted of a diagram and didn't have suggested depth. It currently sits 6in below the surface. It came with some bubble sponges. You can see them in the photos.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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Any help is greatly appreciated as I leave for vacation on Thursday.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:45 PM   #6
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Many people initially have problems with these skimmers. It almost always is setup error of some sort.

I myself have the bh1000. First off what is over the output pipe that lets water into the tank from the skimmer? Also did your airline come with a valve? Besides the silencer?
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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Those are bubble traps. They are two sponge like things that came with the skimmer. The diagram said they go there to reduce micro bubbles but no dice. I tried removing them to see if that helped but It didn't do anything. I received no valve with the skimmer. There was also none listed on the diagram.
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I decided to unplug the skimmer as I left to go on vacation today. hopefully I can get it figured out when I get home.
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did you end up fixing this problem?? if so how?
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:15 PM   #10
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Is that set up right? My BH1000 looks totally different...? The pump is on the bottom of the box, external of the tank. And it looks like the return pipe that is IN the tank on the left should also be in the box, in the left side...
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