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    Cleaning Skimmer and Filter

    I had a problem with my filter over the weekend... it stopped pumping water. It is an Emporer 400. I ended up taking it totally apart and cleaning everything except the filter pads and bio wheels. It started to work again...

    So my question to the gang here is:

    What and how should I be cleaning my filter and skimmer (Seaclone 100)?

    My skimmer has some really nasty white clumps of stuff growing inside the long tube where the water swirls around... is this stuff good or bad?


    Thanks...

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    the skimmer tube should be clean and smooth. Is the stuff you are talking about calcium deposits? If so clean it with vinegar use a SOFT brush if you need to.
    Rob

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    Id say you want to keep your skimmer fairly clean. Im not sure what your describing as "Nasty white clumps of stuff growing" but it doesnt sound too good. How often to you take this thing apart completely and give it a scrub down?
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    Ugh... I've never cleaned my skimmer except for emptying the cup...

    So you are telling me to take it totally apart and scub it all down? even the slime in the cup?

    How do you get inside the inner chamber of the long tube?


    The white stuff looks like little white clouds of stuff... stuck in clumps to the side of the walls... I'd estimate more than 30 little bunches...


    Oh well I'll clean it out...


    For the Filter any advice?

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    Baby bottle brushes work good.
    Rob

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    You could soak the whole thing in a weak solution of muriatic acid- it works extremely well at dissolving calcium buildup----It is EXTREMELY corrosive, so handle it with MUCH caution (goggles, gloves) and follow the warnings on the label.
    Matt.

    Old system torn down to make a playroom.. planning a 62x42x28 high

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    How do you get inside the inner chamber of the long tube?
    When you take off the collection cup, the inner tube can be removed - but you have to remove a thin rubber gasket first.
    Once that's out the smaller inner tube can be pulled out.

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    I may be wrong about this but Jeff at LifeReef told me to never scrub my skimmer too much. That will cause it to have to "break in" (build up a slime coat) all over again. A dirty skimmer is just as effective as a clean one. He told me to just wipe out the neck with a paper towel and clean the cup with just tap water. I have the white puffy sponges growing in mine too. They don't harm anything.
    Susan

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    I ran mine over three years before i stripped it down and cleaned it out.
    I had sponges, tube worms and coraline algae growing inside everywhere - the skimmer always worked fine.

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    GGG .. any skimmer I have owed in the past instructs you to keep the bubble chamber clean????
    Rob

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