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    Please clean your skimmers more often ;)

    Hi everyone,

    I have visited quite a few of your tanks over the summer months drilling new setups or buying frags or pumps etc..

    One thing that usually stands out, is the fact that your skimmers are usually really really dirty. I usually don't comment on it, unless its blocked solid...lol
    One of the guys I went to had hair algea actually growing inside of it.. and only a trickle of water coming down. completely blocked solid.

    Some of your guys had top of the line skimmers too, but they are useless if they are not cleaned regularly.

    Now, the combination of skimmers & tanks & bioloads are all different, so i can't tell you to clean your skimmers weekly will be enough. But rule of thumb, Make sure you clean it weekly, and in some cases, clean every few days. Also add to this cleaning the insides ( specially towards the higher end ) at the same time. the collection cup & the housing around it should be as clean as the day you picked it up from the store. Use those brushes for dishes, big sponges and anything that can help cleaning it.

    Also, don't forget your injectors, Beckett or needle wheels.
    take it apart if at all possible and thoroughly clean them. I find dipping my injectors in vinegar and using a stiff brush does wonders. make sure your pumps are free of debris, sand or algea that could slow its flow. you may also want at the same time to pickup a spare pump or at least spare parts for your pump in case this one decides to go.

    Before purchasing better equipment of adding more filtration, make sure your current equipment is running optimal

    I know cleaning is not the most fun job, but its part of the hobby

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Awesome advice liv!!!

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    absolutely... i was always amazed how well my skimmer would work when it was just cleaned...

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    Just microwave the skimmer on high for about 10 min. The hair algea and other debris should dry out and cake.

    Let skimmer stand in direct sunlight for another 2 weeks. Give it a good shake and that should clean out your skimmer.

    "love the smell of hair algea in the morning"
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    thanks guys... lets home more people read it

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I was hoping the decision to black-out my pipes and use no light in the cabinet will make for less cleaning in and around the sump.

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    it will help.. but I still recommend weekly cleaning.. mine is really sheltered from the hard light and its still needs a good cleaning.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    thanks for the reminder, i forgot do it yesterday. :b10:
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