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Old 08-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Skimmer cleaning

Is it normal to have to clean the skimmer cup almost everyday
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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If the cup contains light colored then you need to adjust for optimum skimming to get darker liquid on the cup.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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Your skimmate should look like tea if it does and your cleaning the cup every day then chances are the skimmer is to small for the system
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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Your skimmate should look like tea if it does and your cleaning the cup every day then chances are the skimmer is to small for the system
Agree 100%, get a bigger skimmer but none will stay clear if thats what your looking for?
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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It gets really dirty. The skimmer is an eshoppes rated for up to 100 gallons and my tank is 55
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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Can you post a pic?
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:53 PM   #7
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Probably a result of your green water issue you posted the other day. Unless its been like this before.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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Probably a result of your green water issue you posted the other day. Unless its been like this before.
Before the green water I was cleaning it every few days
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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There it is

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Hahaha, sorry lol. You would nit want to see my skimmer! That looks new lol
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #11
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Are you adding additives in your tank?
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #12
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That's just from yesterday no additives

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #13
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You only clean it when at least it is 1/4 cup filled. I can just see barely at the bottom of the cup.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:52 PM   #14
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Oh. I've never let it get that full
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Oh. I've never let it get that full
LoL I wait for mine to get 1/2 full.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:32 PM   #16
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I've always cleaned it when the center column gets a lot built up
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #17
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Everytime you remove the cup you disturb the skimming process cause it restarts to build the bubbles again.
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Everytime you remove the cup you disturb the skimming process cause it restarts to build the bubbles again.
I did not know this. Thanks for the info
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I would recommend using a suction gadget like the turkey buster to empty the cup. That way you minimize the wear and tear of the o-ring rubber seal (if there is one) and avoid disturbing the skimmer. Maybe once a month you can remove and clean the whole cup.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:21 PM   #20
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Ok. I won't have that skimmer next month. I'm changing my set up
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