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Old 12-17-2016, 01:04 AM   #61
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What is the struggle with the skimmer?

When i first plugged it in, water would come out the top. I stared messing with hoses and got it to stop overflowing, but then the water would make a chugging noise. I guess i dont even know what it is supposed to do, i was just told i needed one and it came with my sump.
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Who made the skimmer?
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Old 12-20-2016, 01:39 PM   #63
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Tested the water today;

high range ph - 8.2
ammonia - 8.0
nitrite - 5.0
nitrate - 10 or 20, hard to tell

this stupid decaying shrimp is stinking up my whole apartment!
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this stupid decaying shrimp is stinking up my whole apartment!
Blech!

When I cycle a tank, I add one drop per gallon of pure ammonia and then test to see when it and nitrites again reach zero. I keep doing that until the cycle takes only 24 hours to complete.

Takes patience, but it does save on a stinky home.
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I couldn't find any of the pure ammonia anywhere, i really wanted to try that way!
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:14 PM   #66
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Test #2 results:

High range ph 8.2
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 5.0
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This is with the shrimp method?
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How much shrimp did you put in there? You only need a little piece.
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This is with the shrimp method?


Yes the shrimp method
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How much shrimp did you put in there? You only need a little piece.


I put 2 shrimps in
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I think all you need is a piece about the size of a pencil eraser.
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I think all you need is a piece about the size of a pencil eraser.


Thanks for the info, but the tank has been cycling for a few weeks now, i think its almost finished actually. Ammonia has dropped a lot..
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So this is the skimmer that came with the sump i bought. Its a terrible picture, sorry, but i'm trying to get it cleaned up a little. There is no name on it or any kind of numbers to identify what it is.

Any time i try to test it in the system water just comes out the holes in the top of the cup

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