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Old 12-02-2009, 06:06 PM   #21
 
Skimmer pics

ok time for some skimmer pics, finally arrived today!!:

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Old 12-02-2009, 06:27 PM   #22
 
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Wow. It really shows how tall that skimmer is in those pics. I wish we could see the water movement inside! But it is great to see some foam already developing.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:39 PM   #23
 
I was surprised to already see some tea colored water coming out! no comparison to the seaclone, no complaints so far, but I did take a look inside, clear material on the inside, only dark on the outside
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:40 PM   #24
 
when the box showed up at work it was HUGE, almost 3 ft long (due to packaging), I was shocked, it is a fairly big skimmer though, way bigger than my seaclone
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:13 PM   #25
 
More tank pictures, added the other big piece of live rock (about 10-11 lbs):
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:13 PM   #26
 
And will be removing some sand tomorrow and adding more live rock, more pics to follow... :)
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:41 PM   #27
 
just did a quick ammonia test and ouch between 1.0-2.0 PPM
nitrite between 0 -0.25 PPM

have not tested for anything else yet at this point.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:09 AM   #28
 
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I'm not surprised by the ammonia or nitrite. No big deal. You will probably see a drop to zero within 5 to 7 days.

I notice your water surface has a film of organic waste already bonding to it. You are going to want to aim some water flow towards to surface to improve gas exchange, and hopefully keep the organics suspended for removal by the skimmer.

I had this same problem in the past with hang on skimmers that do not have a surface skimmer attachment. I found the best solution was to simply do a very small water change every week, with the syphon tube angled upward towards the surface, sucking the surface film off.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:14 AM   #29
 
will do one tonight since I am adding more live rock, I will have too much water, so will remove the top film
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:41 AM   #30
 
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Looks good. Why are you removing some sand?
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