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    A good skimmer?

    I been skimming through the old threads and seems like there are mixed reviews on skimmers.

    I now have a old SWC skimmer that just isn't working right I can't get the bubbles to even make it to the collection cup they stop about 2" short and out of the outlet of the skimmer in a ton of micro bubbles which is getting into my DT I have to adjust it every couple of days when it is working correctly I just replaced the pump thinking that maybe that was the issue and if anything its worse, its been 3 days and still no change I know sometimes it takes some time to get everything working correctly but think its time to replace it.

    My tank is 150gl and the sump is 55gl semi heavy bio load and have mixed tank slowly converting it more toward sps and lps but have alot of soflties to. Looking for something doesn't have an issue with dumping a bunch of micro bubbles back into the sump and doesn't constantly have to be adjusted.

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    What model of SWC is it? Do you have a pic?
    You cant possibly know how you want to run your reef-system, until you have ran one.
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    here is a pic. when its working correctly, when its working right it does a awesome job but still always had an issue with micro bubbles




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    I have a skimz protien skimmer. Very happy with it. As far as i can tell, aqua cave is the distributor for us here in the us. The model i have is the SM 251. It has an air draw of 1,920 l/h. You should check them out.

    SKIMZ Kone E-Series Protein Skimmers - AquaCave.com

    SKIMZ Monzter E-Series Protein Skimmers - AquaCave.com

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    Isnt there supposed to be a piece of foam going over the outlet pipe to stop the bubbles? Looks like an asm skimmer type outlet, no offense.

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    I bought this with my tank so not sure how really it should look but the top says SWC on the lid and the foam that was with it keeps slidding down the pipe, I have a rubber band holding a piece of foam at the top but there are still bubbles. This sump isn't a traditional one with baffles to help reduce the micro bubbles it is how it came with the tank but thinking when I replace the skimmer it would be a good time to add some baffles to help with this.

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    I likey obd. irs skimms great. but your skimmer looks a lot like the one I have for my seahorse tank that isn't working any more. so im trying to get it working. bit my obd skimmer is on my 180g predator tank.

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    Last edited by mercenary-grunt; 02-17-2013 at 01:37 PM.
    180g display; 55g seahorse tank; 25g sump

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandora32 View Post
    I have a skimz protien skimmer. Very happy with it. As far as i can tell, aqua cave is the distributor for us here in the us. The model i have is the SM 251. It has an air draw of 1,920 l/h. You should check them out.

    SKIMZ Kone E-Series Protein Skimmers - AquaCave.com

    SKIMZ Monzter E-Series Protein Skimmers - AquaCave.com
    They look like good units and have good reviews. How is yours? are you constantly having to adjust it, and how is the micro bubbles it produces? The reviews are good on the skimming of the unit but nothing really on the normal maintenace and any issues discovered down the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercenary-grunt View Post
    I likey obd. irs skimms great. but your skimmer looks a lot like the one I have for my seahorse tank that isn't working any more. so im trying to get it working. bit my obd skimmer is on my 180g predator tank.

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    I was checking them out and looks like a great unit really like the feeding option but it says its rated for 100-150gl tanks and just worried it might be undersized for my system

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    I use to work out of town alot but things slowed down and haven't had to but sure it will happen again soon so a unit that doesn't need constant adjusting is important maybe there is no such thing but like I said when my Skimmer is working I was adjusting every 1-2days. So any feedback on units that do this, maybe they are all basically the same I don't know I have not purchased a skimmer for many years

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    The OBD Air Driven Counter Current skimmers is a set and forget unit. I know for a fact it will handle a tank over 150gals.
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    Your SWC skimmer will probably be fine if you (worst case scenario) pick up a new pump for it. Have you taken it out lately and completely cleaned it? Quite often you will get a calcium and salt build up in the venturi causing lack or air intake. Unless your pump is changing it RPM's the air intake or sump water level is the only reason the level inside the skimmer will change other than feeding. Also, the water should run through the sponge on the output telling me that it is dirty at least in that picture. If its clean and there is still too much water to run through the sponge your problem is almost definitely lack of air through the venturi.
    Last edited by trido; 02-17-2013 at 09:46 PM.

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    I just put a new pump on it since it was having issues and its worse now.Before I would clean it and it would work great but would have to adjust it every 2-3 days before I couldn't adjust it anymore then clean it again start over but then it got to the point I was adjusting daily and after 3 days it couldn't be adjusted anymore that's when I put a new pump on it and now the bubbles stop shy of the cup really small bubbles not large working slowly into the collection cup as before. I have not changed sump water level and as far as feeding goes I have increased those trying to get my sailfin tang weight back up

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    YOu have and ATO of some sort on your sump then and the water level in the sump chamber doesn't change? Have you cleaned the air intake on the venturi?

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    Yeah I have a ATO and when I changed out the pump I blew out the air thing and seemed clean

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