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Old 11-17-2005, 07:40 PM   #11
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i just cleaned the airstone again, and theres bubbles, but even when i do that, theres nothing in the cup (from past experiences)
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:42 PM   #12
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i think i need a new skimmer, im jsut wondering which is the best way to go, the diy or the berlin from petco??
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:57 PM   #13
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heres the link on the diy skimmer...http://www.reefcentral.com/diy/frac.htm
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Greenmaji...........did you ever have a salt water set up? Just out of curiosity
17years FW and helping friends/aquiances/family with there SW over the years.. lived with one and did most of the maintance/purchasing equipment desions (owner drove truck.. so he wasnt there most of the time to take care of it)
Im reaserching my own first SW/Reef tank setup now..

vsnsofadrgn... RC has alot of good DIY skimmer threads.. Ill check that one out..
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:30 PM   #15
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wow.. I havent seen that one before... :P

I would think you would want more ump.. like a bigger stone or a bigger airpump..
a more powerfull airpump would likely help the skimmer you have now..
what airpump are you using?
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:40 AM   #16
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If it did produce skimmate but now isn't either there is something wrong with the skimmer or your tank could very well be below the minimum threshold where it will be able to produce skimmate.

It is recommended you change the limewood airstone every 3-6 weeks and if you haven't done so I would start there first. Any idea what the air output of your pump is?
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:22 AM   #17
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it runs off 2 air pumps, i cant remember their brands, but one is fro a 30 gal and the other for a 20. they do have to puch the air up 3.5 feet, could this slow them down? i change/clean the limestone regularly. i cleaned it last night and there was a little bit in the cup this morning...
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It's tough to tell if the air pumps are appropriate, but given the fact they worked at first then you should at least be consistent even if not optimal because of being undersized, etc. The fact that you cleaned the airstone though and it helped lends more of an indication to the problem. They really need to be swapped out on schedule, as regardless to their cleanliness they start to break down and the bubble size becomes too large....one of the major downsides to this type of skimmer.

If it were my 20g tank, I would remove the skimmer entirely in favor of larger weekly (or every two weeks) water changes of 5g, you will remove more nutrients especially if you stir up the detritus from the rocks, etc. with a turkey baster before siphoning it out.
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i really wanted to take it out, but with my nitrates being high, im now afraid of not having one. once everything is normal id like to ditch it, or upgrade. if its affecting my nitrates, id like to upgrade it now. i just dont have a big budget. (or any budget) i found a berlin something at petco for $40. i could prolly swing that. or i could get a new airpump, and new airstones. but if that doesnt work, then i jsut wasted 15 i coulda put twoards the new one....
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i think ill just get new airstones and see how that works... now that ive made the mods it might just work
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