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Old 01-24-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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Question about protein skimmer

My Precision Marine skimmer is currnetly hooked up and has been on about 2 days now. How quickly should there be dark colored waste water being produced? I think I have it adjusted right, I turned the adjustment to closed just enough so the bubbles make it up to just about an inch or so from the top of the collection cup. There is some semi cloudy looking water collected in the cup, just not dark. Will this darken as the days go on as it pulls more and more out? Or do I just not have it adjusted right? Its been on about 2 days so far. You can see in the pic whats been collected so far. Should that be darker by now?

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It can take 2 weeks or longer for a skimmer to break in and start producing nice, dark skimmate. By the looks of it, your skimming to wet. Lower the water line inside the skimmer.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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It can take 2 weeks or longer for a skimmer to break in and start producing nice, dark skimmate. By the looks of it, your skimming to wet. Lower the water line inside the skimmer.
Hey thanks for responding, can you elablorate for me? Do you mean adjust it to more open so the bubbles don't rise as high in the collection cup? Right now they rise to about an inch away from the top of the lid on the collection cup. I had it in my head to get the bubbles to rise as high as possible without dripping over the edge.

Also, it seems that the adjustment for it (the open/closed pipe you have to turn) is very very sensative. I mean even a turn of a 1/16 of an inch can make it go from producing to not producing. Is that normal? Because it seems I had it set perfect last night and when I look today the bubble level dropped a couple of inches. Can you be precise on to where that level should be? And do these skimmer require daily adjustments? It's a Precision Marine red line series I believe. Here is a short video of what I'm talking about.
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You just have to give it time. Once the oils from the manufacturing process wear off and the skimmer is broken in, it won't be as finicky.

Here's an older pic of my skimmer. The blue line is the water level inside the skimmer where the water ends and the bubbles begin. The bubbles move up the neck and into the cup.
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You just have to give it time. Once the oils from the manufacturing process wear off and the skimmer is broken in, it won't be as finicky.

Here's an older pic of my skimmer. The blue line is the water level inside the skimmer where the water ends and the bubbles begin. The bubbles move up the neck and into the cup.

Ok, I undersdtand where the water level ends and I know that the bubbles move up the neck but my question is at the top of the neck where should the bubble level end. Should the bubbles stop right at the very top or an inch or so down? Thats what I don't get. Thanks for your help.
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The bubbles don't stop anywhere. They flow right over the top and into the cup. The blue line is the water level and the bubbles build up from there and pour over the top of the neck into the cup.
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I would leave your skimmer set right where it is for now. Let it break in. The level of the bubbles in your photo is right aobut where you want them to be. As it breaks in that level will rise along with the DOCs as they are pushed up and over the side into the collection cup.
The level where my bubbles end varies depending on how much protein there is to remove. An hour or two after feeding there's plenty. A couple of days later (before the next feeding) there isn't that much and the bubbles are not breaking over the top.
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Ok cool thanks alot for your guys help. I will leave it where it is for now and give it some more time.
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It's been running about 2 weeks now and it is still only producing fizzling type of bubbles at the top of the neck of the collection cup, not the frothy thick bubbles I think it's sapposed to be making. Is there something wrong here? I only know of one adjustment and thats the one that makes the bubble level rise or drop in the skimmer. Something I'm missing here?
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Give it time. The bubles in the pic look fine. DOC's will attach and move up the sides and over the top into the collection cup. It's probably still breaking in, or you don't have any DOC's in your tank

If it was constantly producing skimmate you would have to emty the cup several times a day. Mine seems to just percolate until I turn the pump back on after a feeding, then it's producing skimmate for a day or so (I only feed every 2-3 days).
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