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Old 08-17-2010, 07:47 AM   #61
 
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hmm no real secret for coralline algae, I did start with 2 rocks totally covered with the stuff to seed my dry rock

parameters recently have been about

420-440 Ca
8ish dhk
1400ish Mag
1.026 sg
temp between 78-83 ... its been hot here but luckily its been changing slowly throughout the week not big changes in 1 day

My skimmer isn't pulling out as much junk as it used to. Tried cleaning it out but I need to get into the injector part I think and the screw doesn't wanna come out.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:58 AM   #62
 
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thanks man.... have you attempted to take the skimmer out and runn it in a vinegar water bath to dissolve any nastiness inside?? i did that with mine last month and WOW what a difference...
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:59 AM   #63
 
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No I haven't done that yet but I think that is the plan. What ratio of vinegar to water did you use?
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:00 AM   #64
 
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after cleaning a skimmer or even after feeding oily rich foods like roe you will notice your skimmer needs to "break in" again. no big deal, it just needs time to run.

what type of skimmer is this? sorry if it was previously mentioned.

i would dump a gallon jug into a 5 gallon bucket and soak to clean all kinds of things in it ( 100% vinegar ) like powerheads, pumps and so on.. but rinse with just water real well prior putting it back into the tank. also, very important, remove any rubber seals/gaskets before the vinegar bath. im sure you can dilute it, but i dont think vinegar costs much? i use it when theres alot of things to clean. so maybe while your at it, you can soak your powerheads.

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:06 AM   #65
 
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mine was really gunked up so i started with 50/50 then ran it in there for like 30 minutes
i have read that others use 1 cup to 5 gallons but i felt it was weak..... dont forget to run it in clean water after to get rid of the vinegar...
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:06 AM   #66
 
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its an AquaC Remora hang on skimmer. I recently scrubbed the insides with hot water and removed lots of gunk. According to the AquaC website gunk building up on the baffles hurts the skimming. I also took apart the pump powering it and cleaned out the insides. This has helped some but it still doesn't seem to have the skimming power it used to. There is a plastic screw that is supposed to allow access to the spray injector to clean it out with maybe a pipe cleaner or something but my plastic screw is swollen or stuck and doesn't want to budge. Vinegar cleaning might do the trick I think. If no maybe I will upgrade to a Mag 3 to power it. I know my bioload has increase so I expect more skimmate not less.

Thanks for your help guys.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:02 AM   #67
 
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I still <3 your blenny!! Lookin' good!
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:38 AM   #68
 
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Lost the Copperband yesterday :( In 9 days he never ate, I tried everything
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:47 AM   #69
 
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i love CBs but its a shame with these guys. they all seem to be the same too, just to shy to eat. honestly your tank is prob. better without one due to its size anyways. sorry for your loss.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:50 AM   #70
 
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Really an odd fish. Very interested in food and seemed to constantly search the tank for stuff to pick at, even perked up and seemed interested at feeding time but never actually ate. lesson learned
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