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Old 11-17-2005, 06:24 PM   #1
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i have the "lees" skimmer. when i first installed it to my tank there was always stuff in the collection cup, now theres nothing and its been that way for awhile. ive modded it ( applied silcone to the suction cups to get it to stay in place, it was always falling sideways and ive modded it to keep the airstone at the bottom of the skimmer) i change the airstone regularly and i still have nothing in the collection cup. my nitrates are high (refer to "nitrates through the roof") so i dont think this thing is working. i saw one at petco, a berlin something or other, would this be a better skimmer?? its like 40 bucks. ive also been looking into a diy skimmer, and since i dont have the bugdet for an expensive upgrade, which would be the wiser choice?? protein skimmers should "always" have something in the collection cup if theres the bioload, shouldnt it??
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Old 11-17-2005, 06:48 PM   #2
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If it is skimming correctly then yes there should be something in the cup. Have you cleaned the skimmer up? I run a AquaC skimmer but have no experience with the smaller models. Hopefully someone else will help out there. I do not see where your mods would hurt its performance. If it has not been cleaned, that can cause a problem.
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i do clean it regularly, most recently last wednesday....
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:08 PM   #4
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heres a pic, but sorry for the por quality....
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the counter current skimmers need a good running air pump.. you might want to check your airpump to make sure its up to par.. check to see if the diaphram is still in good shape in the airpump..
I agree your mods. dont sound like they whould harm performance.

how big is your tank? how high a bio-load (how many fish and wich fish) do you have?
this information will make it much easier to determan what type of skimmer would work best for you..
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what airstones are you using? limewood?
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its a 20 gal, 2 clownfish, about 5 hermits, 1 snail..... and yes limewood airstones
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have you inspected your airpump to see if the diaphram is intact (in other words not cracked)
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:31 PM   #9
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air pumps fine.... seems to be airstone, i clean and replace regularly...
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Greenmaji...........did you ever have a salt water set up? Just out of curiosity
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