Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1
protein skimmer not working properly??

I bought a bubble magus NAC 3 skimmer for my 54 gallon bow front. I've had my setup for 2 months now. My skimmer has worked fine. I have the water level set properly and have had no real issues adjusting and leaving it. Yesterday, I added water (as I usually do) to top off my wet/dry setup. I checked the skimmer and noticed it was sending up an extreme amount of bubbles into the skimmer cup. I adjusted the level but to no avail. I pulled the skimmer out and checked/cleaned any hoses and the belly of the skimmer itself. Pump attached to skimmer looks fine but unsure if I need to clean something else. I placed it back in and adjusted the level but no matter which way I turn the adjuster tube, there is no good setting anymore. Any ideas? The dial is numbered 0-max. I had it set on 4 but now that is too much, so is 1 and so is max.

I don't have a large wet/dry filter (not 3 chambers). I was told that this is my mistake and yet, when I purchased the skimmer, it was made for the 2 chambered setup. I was also told (as seen in the image) that I need to remove my bio balls, that they will raise my nitrate levels. Seriously?

Pardon me if I get a little frustrated. I am so confused about the saltwater tank hobby. I am not new to fishkeeping, just the saltwater side of it. This has definitely been a learning experience. Sometimes, I just don't know who to believe. I purchased this setup on the advice of a well known aquarium shop in my state. Now, its wrong?? From food to fish, I keep making mistakes. Its crazy and its costing me money! If anyone can give me advice, I would appreciate it. (Ok, done venting for now. Thanks for listening) Anyway, back to the skimmer issue...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	CAM00074.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	234.5 KB
ID:	234144  

alisa1965 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2014, 12:05 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Regular
jslmk4's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 88
Is the skimmer in the return section?

Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Aquarium Advice mobile app
jslmk4 is offline   Reply With Quote

protein, protein skimmer, rot, skimmer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Properly working CO2 Diffuser ? mandoborg Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 08-12-2013 09:16 PM
RO/DI working properly at last ! pritchard Saltwater Reef Aquaria 0 06-23-2013 01:46 PM
DIY CO2 not working properly Arodrocks DIY Projects 5 11-23-2012 08:21 PM
How do I know if my canister filter is working properly ? joshv155 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 01-22-2012 01:32 PM
New heaters not working properly mea2112 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 9 12-17-2010 05:05 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.