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    No skimmate?!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to figure out why I am not getting any skimmate in my skimmer.

    When I got the live rock, I had to emty that hing 3 times a day and now the cycle is complete. nada. I haven't emptied it in 2 weeks.

    Bubbles are at the right level (tried adjusting it)... I'm starting to wonder if it's working properly.

    I have 2 Blood Shrimp and 1 Yellow Tang. Shrimps went in 2 weeks ago and tang last week.

    Thanks!
    Eric

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    If this is on your 90 gallon there may not be enough junk in water to create a good skimmate. The bubbles will only travel up the skimmer to the point where thy fall into the cup if there is enough junk in the water to allow those bubbles to remain intact that long.
    Rob

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    Right that's what I thought... I'll get the water params tonight but you're probably right I wanted to start it slowly so I might not have enough bioload to skim properly...

    Only time will tell :-D
    Thanks

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    So if you don't have enough dissolved organics to get a good skimmate, aren't you "localising" the gunk to your skimmer until it builds up enough to be extracted, or am I not understanding how it works?

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Yeah good question Krugar, I am not sure really hehehe

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    yes that is correct however even with the bubbles trapped in the skimmer those bubbles will only remain "bubbles" if there is enough junk in the water for them to form and hold their shape. There is only 2 shrimp and a tang in this 90 gallon tank. I am assuming that there has been no changes to the setup or skimmer. if you have a flow problem those bubbles will become brownish even if they are not climbing up the skimmers water column. The whole idea is that the dirtier the water is the stronger the bubbles' shell will be .. and the longer the bubble will last ... and the higher up the tube it can go without bursting.
    Rob

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    So even if you're not getting a skimmate, the skimmer is still cleaning the water. Is that right?

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    well yes and no. It is putting the dirt in one place but that stuff is not really out of the water column until it is in the cup.
    rob

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