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Old 03-08-2008, 09:39 PM   #11
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Is that air line tube with the black piece on it hooked to the pump? Are there two pumps on this skimmer the feed pump and a pump in it?
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:35 AM   #12
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White vinegar is what you should use.
After you clean it, take pictures of it from all sides and post them.
If you can find a name and model, post that along with the pictures.
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well i just took 20 minutes to clean this skimmer and let me tell you there were chunks of algae in there, but one more question----- for the skimmer to produce foam, should the valve e open all the way or less?
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The valve should not be all the way open. Looks like you have a seaclone, which are notorious for either a) not collecting foam that well and b) being a PAIN to adjust. When I had one, I closed the valve all the way and then opened it up slowly until enough water was running through and I thought some foam would come up. That usually took like a full turn to two turns out.

You may have to fiddle with it for a few days to get it right, then it should produce some foam for you.

HTH (also, did you make sure to clean the pump too? The impeller is very important!)
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I have a Turbo floater 5000 skimmer that won't start foaming until I inject air into the air line. You could try removing the valve from the air line.
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i have a seaclone skimmer (100) and it is indeed a headache. I removed its air adjusting valve and bought one from home depot and it worked like a charm. Also, I have noticed that the airline somehow gets full of gunk. You can simply replace the tubing or blow through it. It takes tweaking but it well worth it.
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i have the same one and thats what it was it was full of junk and i opened the valve less than half way so it can produce more bubbles and its working. now how many times do i dispose of the stuff in the cup
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Are you serious? Its regular maintenance man do it once a week or at least unitil its half way up.
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Toss it when it gets full
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A good rule is just clean it once a week. Make sure to turn the skimmer off before you remove the cup or you could have a mess on your hands.
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