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reef-keeper
10-03-2017, 06:27 PM
This is a blog I wrote but thought I'd get a better response through posting it as a thread. I bought this skimmer over 1 year ago. I have never been able to have this unit run like it is supposed to run. When I bought it I was told when first installing it to run it wide open for the first week or so or until it calms down. Well that never happened. It was over flowing like no tomorrow so I shut it down, went to work out of town. I came back thought it was in too deep of water so I lifted it up from 9" to 7-1/2". Let it run started out OK but within the hour it was back to a constant overflow. Again shut it down go back to work for another 21 days. I lifted the unit again to the minimum depth in the noted in the manual 6-1/2". Then tried it again. Started OK the did the same thing went right to overflowing. so I Just unplugged it and let it sit. Now it has been a few months since i tried it. I've changing water and replacing the carbon and Phosguard in the reactors a lot. I lost most of the wild life I had in the tank while having the wife look after it, I'm not blaming I should not have set it up then go out of town for weeks on end. I just about ready to give up. But I'm going to try one more time. If anybody is willing to assist me in setting up this nightmare in Edmonton I will not turn him/her down.

Bugger
10-03-2017, 07:03 PM
Do you have filter socks that were not prewashed. They are coated with something that causes skimmers to go nuts

albert_dao
10-03-2017, 07:40 PM
Have you adjusted the intake valve?

reef-keeper
10-03-2017, 09:44 PM
No I always prewash everything. And tried turning the valve all the way in and out. Nothing changes. I think you are talking about the valve on the pump right??

Bugger
10-04-2017, 01:35 AM
Did you add anything like new rocks

AquaAddict
10-04-2017, 04:45 AM
I had to clean mine with vinegar, keep water level at a steady 7 in., and partially block the air intake with a piece of very coarse black foam. After a few months, it started running properly.

reef-keeper
10-04-2017, 04:48 AM
Did you add anything like new rocks



No nothing a

reef-keeper
10-04-2017, 04:51 AM
I had to clean mine with vinegar, keep water level at a steady 7 in., and partially block the air intake with a piece of very coarse black foam. After a few months, it started running properly.



Mine came with a silencer foam. I

albert_dao
10-04-2017, 05:14 AM
Here's what you want to do:

1. get a tub you can fill to 6-7" of FRESHLY MIXED (using RODI - this is important) salt water.
2. throw your skimmer in it.
3. you should be able to get it to work by fiddling with the adjustments.

If you can get it to operate properly, you have a baseline from whence you can troubleshoot.

reef-keeper
10-04-2017, 12:50 PM
Here's what you want to do:

1. get a tub you can fill to 6-7" of FRESHLY MIXED (using RODI - this is important) salt water.
2. throw your skimmer in it.
3. you should be able to get it to work by fiddling with the adjustments.

If you can get it to operate properly, you have a baseline from whence you can troubleshoot.



I will try this today. Maybe I

reef-keeper
10-05-2017, 04:22 PM
It seems Tapa talk won’t show my full reply. Did I add more rocks? No. As for putting a foam on the air intake mine has a foam silencer on it all ready. I will wash the unit in vinager the set it in a Rubbermaid tub for a month to see if it will settle down. Any body else have input. All advice will be appreciated.

albert_dao
10-05-2017, 05:28 PM
It seems Tapa talk won’t show my full reply. Did I add more rocks? No. As for putting a foam on the air intake mine has a foam silencer on it all ready. I will wash the unit in vinager the set it in a Rubbermaid tub for a month to see if it will settle down. Any body else have input. All advice will be appreciated.

I'd just use hot tapwater and a sponge/nylon brush.

AquaAddict
10-05-2017, 06:36 PM
Mine has a foam silencer as well. That is not what I mean. The outside nozzle tip can be partially plugged with a strip (that you would have to cut) of coarse foam. You can then lift it up or down to control the air intake and that is what I did to control the bubble level. It worked very well for me.

AquaAddict

reef-keeper
10-07-2017, 12:42 AM
I'd just use hot tapwater and a sponge/nylon brush.



Sounds good.

reef-keeper
10-07-2017, 12:43 AM
Mine has a foam silencer as well. That is not what I mean. The outside nozzle tip can be partially plugged with a strip (that you would have to cut) of coarse foam. You can then lift it up or down to control the air intake and that is what I did to control the bubble level. It worked very well for me.



AquaAddict



Oh I see. I will see if I can get something that will fit.

AquaAddict
10-10-2017, 04:49 AM
If you haven't cleaned the skimmer with vinegar, that should be done first. Also consider installing a filter sock - I think already mentioned. All could be of help.

AquaAddict