Originally Posted by scuba dude
Rather new to this but someone please correct me if I am wrong.
From what I have found protein skimmers can actually have a break-in period and could take some time to start producing foam in the cup
yes you are correct it can take 1/2 weeks for a new skimmer to start to pull skim-mate/foam
there is a trick though that can get the skimmer working faster ,
using saltwater stress coat you can wet a paper towel with it and wipe it around the inside tubes of the skimmer , this works but isn't necessary just wait it out , you are looking for more of a dryer skim-mate than a wet one a dryer skim-mate will be more effective than a wet one , if your seeing a lot of water raise the cup