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Old 02-06-2010, 10:03 AM   #11
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I have the exact same problem as you!! Only my skimmer has been running for 3 days. I'm unsure as to what level the sudsy bubbles should be at. The cone going into the collection cup is starting to turn brown, but its only producing cloudy water in the cup. I'm using a coralife skimmer. Have you had any success yet?
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:47 PM   #12
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This AquaC got cleaned out good after it had gotten quite dirty, then after a while of tuning the air flow and waiting, I got good skimate like this



And I pretty much just leave it alone now. When the sump level rises, it doesn't skim as well. This is one reason I don't like AquaC.

This one is a Reef Octopus, brand new



I originally tuned it so that the top of the bubbles were exactly where they are in the pic, about 3/5 of the way up the cone. The next day it was starting to push a little foam into the cup. Treat it like losing weight, you don't weigh yourself 10 times a day. Set it and leave it for a day or two. Look at it, but don't touch. Make very minor adjustments if it is wet skimming, or not skimming at all, at most once a day. Once it gets rockin and rolling, you can adjust once a day and get it at the optimum level and then just leave it there.

Like I mentioned on the AquaC (bad skimmer IMO) when the sump level rises, the outlet back pressure gets increased, and it doesn't skim as much. Conversely, when the sump level is low, inlet pressure decreases and it doesn't skim as much. I don't think the Reef Octopus or similar models that are of a newer or different design have as much of a similar problem, but what do I know. This is my first brand new skimmer and the AquaC was the first I'd ever touched.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:15 PM   #13
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Here's what my chamber looks looks like after a cleaning and new break-in (a couple of hours).





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Old 02-06-2010, 08:39 PM   #14
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Floyd, I can see in your pictures that your skimmer is producing real fluffy or frothy bubbles if you will. Like it's over flowing into the cup. My bubbles are simply not doing that at all. They just simmer more or less. They don't clump up like that at all, you can see in my video I have posted in this link exaclty what my bubbles are doing. Now I've been told maybe there just is no baddies in my water yet that need to be skimmed. But whether there is or isn't shouldn't my bubble production be more like in your pictures? I don't think I have a cheap skimmer either it's a precision marine.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:40 PM   #15
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Cmor, same thing man. I can see in your pics you have frothy bubble production. Can you see the difference in mine then yours? I don't fully understand why mine is doing this, I just don't get it.
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I would also like to add, towards the top of the neck in the collection cup is turning a dark color. But I still think my bubble production is wrong, not sure why though. I'm close to taking it all out just re-hook it up and see what happens.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:59 PM   #17
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Just trying to better explain what I mean here, the bubbles my skimmer is producing don't make it over the edge of the neck in the cup. They just simmer out and stay at one level if you understand me. In yours guys pics I can clearly see a big blob of bubbles making over the edge of the neck and into the cup, this not happening for me.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:29 PM   #18
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I looke ad your video. I don't see anything wrong. The almost clear liquid in your collection cup mean you were skimming too lean (wet). The top few inches of the neck in mine turns dark brown/black and the bubbles climb up and over in time.

Your's is still pretty new. When was it installed?
How old is the tank?
What's in the tank?
How often do you feed?
How much are you feeding?

Seriously, I just thunk it's only a matter of time till you are holding your nose as you clean the collection cup.
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I found a couple of reference videos to show what I mean better. Look at the bubbles this skimmer is making in this video, note even after he puts the collection cup on it is making VERY frothy clumpy bubble production.
YouTube - New PSK-75H hang-on skimmer w/mesh-wheel

Same thing in this video, VERY VERY clumpy frothy bubble production.
YouTube - PSK-200

Now again, look at my video and tell me why mine isn't making bubbles like the ones in these other videos? Even though my skimmer has been running just over 2 weeks should that have anything to do with the bubble production? My bubbles stay at one level and do absolutely nothing, I have a sincear feeling something is wrong with my skimmer, whether is the skimmer itself or the pump I don't know.
YouTube - Protein Skimmer
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Well, I think it might have to do with the length of time your tank has been established, and your fish and coral load. In the 2 pics I posted, the first one was of a well established reef tank with good fish load and low coral load, but the tank had been up for 3 years and the skimmer was extremely dirty and had recently been fully cleaned.

In the second tank, that one had no skimmer for 3 years (and no significant cleaning for 3 years) and I hate to tell you this, but I checked it 24 hours after I fired it up and there is already sticky froth at the top and about 1/2" of nasty brown skim in the cup. So I'm guessing you don't have a lot of DOCs.
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