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    Bubble question

    I have bubbles building up in the corners and along the back of the DT. I can't see any microbubbles going into the tank and there are none in my return section of the sump.
    Just wondering where they could be coming from?
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    I havee no clue but I know some forms of pollution/waste can produce bubbles or foam on surfaces of water. just an idea.

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    maybe post a pic??

    use a flashlight to look for micro bubbles in the sump.


    how is your skimmer running? a foam build up may be caused by under skimming.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
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    I will check this out. And take a pic.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    Here are the picks. Looked at the skimmer and ok. Look in the return section of sump and couple of bubbles on the surface but nothing going into the tank. Now just thought it might be too much agitation on the surface of the water. Adjusted return outlet from the sump to see if that helps.
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    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    i agree with megaznsteve, it looks to be foam from excess nutrients in the water.

    have you lost any fish ( deaths ) ?

    are you skimming dry or wet?
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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    There have been no fish lost. I am skimming more dry than wet. Trying to get used to the new skimmer adjustments. I have produced just under 100ml since saturday. I adjusted a little more for a wetter skim. I also just remembered that I overfed yesterday. Slip of the cyclopeeze powder. Having a hard problem getting the skimmer to be more wet.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    don't forget your skimmer is still pretty new, there is a break in time before it can get up to speed and the nutrients could have been building this whole time.

    all adjustments should be made gradually and give a few hours to let the skimmer actually catch up. there should be a way to increase / decrease the air input and the same for the water flow through. i'm not familiar with the Tunze skimmers so you'll have to help out a bit :b2:
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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    There is a air adjustment for the skimmer. Unfortunately, when you convert it over to run in a sump, the adjustment for water flow is constant. It has a standpipe on it now.
    Checked the tank this morning and the bubbles are slowly going away. When I did check it, the skimmer was off. I have it off for 4 hours a day on a timer.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    why do turn it off for 4 hours?
    are you keeping the neck clean? how often?
    is the air valve all the way open? ( or 1/2 etc... )
    can you raise or lower the standpipe?


    i think your bubble problems can be cleared up by getting your skimmer to pull a little wetter and consistently. i think your hurting your results by turning it off and letting the neck dry out.

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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

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