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protein skimmer questions
Old 05-29-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
 
protein skimmer questions

I just upgraded my tank from a 10 gallon to a 300 gallon, and I bought a protein skimmer. My tank is about 2 weeks into the cycle and Ammonia is at 0 nitrites at 0, nitrates at 5 ppm. I just hooked up my protein skimmer and I saw no bubbles at all in the skimmer. Is this just because its a new tank? or is the skimmer faulty? it is a Hydor performer 1005 skimmer.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
 
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I just upgraded my tank from a 10 gallon to a 300 gallon, and I bought a protein skimmer. My tank is about 2 weeks into the cycle and Ammonia is at 0 nitrites at 0, nitrates at 5 ppm. I just hooked up my protein skimmer and I saw no bubbles at all in the skimmer. Is this just because its a new tank? or is the skimmer faulty? it is a Hydor performer 1005 skimmer.
How long has the skimmer been running? They can take a few weeks to break in. Did you rinse the skimmer prior to using it? Is it brand new?

You also might need to adjust the air intake. Is this a Venturi or Needle Wheel intake?
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
 
its the first day I put it in, I heard from somewhere that you are supposed to leave the return valve all the way open for it to break in, and yes its brand new
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
 
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Did you install the feeder pump?
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
 
I believe so, everything in the box was put together
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:06 PM   #6
 
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This pump had to be bought seperate. It is for recirculating. I am not sure if you can properly run the skimmer without it (I think you can), but I do know that skimming improves drastically when you recirculate.
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