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post #1 of 11 Old 08-09-2006, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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I still can't figure out the protein skimmer


I am still trying to get the protein skimmer to work :(

I have experimented with twisting the little knob attached to the hose and I have found that it controls the water flow. When I turn it one way I get a flow that does not disrupt the tank but it causes no foam to bubble up in the skimmer. When I open it more, the skimmer starts to create foam, but the skimmer's water flow is so strong that it puts so many bubbles into the tank that it is disruptive. Also, when it is open like that and creating foam, you can even see all of the bubbles in the pipe that draws water from the tank into the skimmer... it appears white as opposed to clear like it is when the knob is closed tighter.

Can somebody please help me figure out how to get this thing working so that it is creating the necessary foam but not disrupting the tank with so many bubbles/such a strong current?

Thank you!
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-09-2006, 06:14 AM
When you turn the knob to get the foam action, thats a sign it's working. The water current does get stronger as it's pushing more air. Thats the reason I got a sump tank that way I wouldn't get bubbles in the tank and the skimmer can do it's job. Your skimmer works. The bubbles enter the tank because they have no other place to go except though the collection cup or out into the tank.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-09-2006, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. It looks very different from the one in the pet store, though... In the pet store, the skimmer's main cylinder looked like a tornedo of water. Mine looks like a blizzard of bubbles! The entire tank has tiny bubbles in it now... is that supposed to happen? Am I supposed to leave the skimmer running continuously, or skim for a while and then unplug it so my fish get a break from fighting the current and bubbles?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-09-2006, 10:22 AM
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Don't let it produce too much bubbles. Too much bubbles can penetrate underneath the fish's skin. This is painful for them and this results into air bubble disease.
While the remedy is usually aeration on that case, it can also happened with the vigorously circulation of bubbles.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-09-2006, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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The problem is that it only produces foam at the top when it is also spewing tons of tiny bubbles into the tank. After reading about air bubble disease I am afraid that I harmed the fish by leaving them home with the protein skimmer on, but there is nothing I can do about it from work. At this point I have no idea what to do.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-05-2006, 09:00 PM
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wat kind of skimmer is it what brand and model#
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-06-2006, 05:33 PM
can you place something on the output of the skimmer to catch the bubbles?-filter floss Or im sure you could rigg a device to dicipate the bubbles
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-06-2006, 05:38 PM
You can try but I think that it will either back the water flow up or get pushed out into the tank from the pressure.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-09-2006, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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I got a new skimmer and still need help

Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies. The skimmer was a SeaClone which my LFS told me was garbage. Because I didn't have a working skimmer and only had a fluval, which I have been told is a freshwater filter, I bit the bullet and got a ProClear 150 Pro w/ prefilter.

I am having a problem with the skimmer that sits in the sump. If I open the air valve, it produces bubbles so fast that it fills the drainage coke bottle entirely with water within a few hours. If I close the air valve, it does not make bubbles.

Can somebody tell me how to set this thing up so that it will produce the black sludge it is supposed to? Thank you!
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-25-2006, 12:08 AM
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How about setting it somewhere in the middle. all on or all off usually does not work. Adjust slowly, like a quarter turn at a time. when I used to have a sea clone I would turn the air all off then slowly turn it until I started to hear disruption in the chamber. be aware that if you have never had a skimmer set up and running in the tank it will produce alot of watery foam at first until it settles in after a few days of skimming. in the long run try to get a better skimmer, sea clone is not that good, and both of mine eventually leaked at the bottom of the j pipe. I bought a bakpak clone online and it does twice the job of the clones for about 50 bucks. And it don't leak like the clone.
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