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Old 02-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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Skimmer Question! Need Help Asap!!

So I bought a "new" never used reef octopus nwb110 skimmer and I wanted to try it out before I set my sump up for it and it doesnt work.

Well I filled up a tub with freshwater in my backyard and plugged it in, well it does work but doesnt make heavy foam, is it because im using purely freshwater? Should I try a tub full of saltwater instead? I need help guys I need my tank up and running by the weekend and tomorrows my deadline to start siliconing my sump! Thanks in advance guys!
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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No it will not work properly in FW, I would not expect it to do much in freshly mixed saltwater either, if however you were to do a water change on an existing tank the drained off water would provide an excellent test batch
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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No it will not work properly in FW, I would not expect it to do much in freshly mixed saltwater either, if however you were to do a water change on an existing tank the drained off water would provide an excellent test batch
Awesome recommendation, thanks bud! Ill be doing a water change soon as well.
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You're welcome, and that's why we're all here anyway, hope it goes well
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Did you get a chance to run your test yet? If so how'd it go?
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Did you get a chance to run your test yet? If so how'd it go?
the used slatwater was a great idea, it make a bunch of bubble but i couldnt get it to produce skimmate within about 4hrs so i bought a bubble magus curve 5 and it fit perfectly in my sump and is working flawless.
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Good to hear!
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Reef octopus and probably all skimmers need time to break in.
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Protein skimmers doesn't work for the first week. They need time to dissolve factory oils...
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:47 PM   #10
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Protein skimmers doesn't work for the first week. They need time to dissolve factory oils...
well that i didnt know guys, he had mentioned to me a break in period but i didnt know it was a week long, but i have my bubble magus now and its working great so far.
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