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    Skimmer almost skimming

    OK here's the thing. I broke my skimmer a while ago and fixed it myself. Seems like i've been trying to do a hundred things all at once. Like everyone i'm sure. Anyway I went to give my skimmer a test run tonight with fresh water and was extremely hard to keep the water level adjusted in the skimmer body. Is this only because it's fresh water or do I need a Gate valve. I'm using a ball valve right now. (Only beacuse I had a spare) Any info would be great. Can't wait to see what it's going to pull out of the aquarium!!! Oh ya it's a Lifereef skimmer.
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    Mike Philpott

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    I never used a ball valve but i have a gate valve on my lifereef as well and its super easy to control.....i set it once and i never touched it again.What pump are you using on that?
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    Mag 9.5. Guess i'll be getting a gate valve then.
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    Mike Philpott

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    Yeah you have the same model has mine i think too...but yours is the previous model.Did you get a venturie with it?
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    I got a mazzi (Spelling) injector with it. The guy sold it for 100 including the mazzi and a crappy pump. So I think I got a pretty good deal from it. Ya mine was the prior model from yours. You still go no problems with yours Derik?
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    Mike Philpott

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    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    No not at all....worth every 600$.....Hey that's half a years salery for me...eheheBut it skims pretty good..especially on a 40 gallon tank eheheh
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    Fresh water dose not support bubblies anywhere near as well as salt water dose. Use the fresh water ONLY for leak test. Once the leak test is completed A OK ... then run it and adjust it in salt water.
    Rob

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    I hope it does as good on my 75. Gee's what kind of skimmer are you going to get for the Big Bertha tank when you
    get it???
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    Mike Philpott

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    ehehhehe just kidding..not sure yet...maybe go for those short stubby ones..i heard they were great for big tanks.....but i still havent decided yet..that will most likely be one of the last things i buy before adding fish in it....I still got to buy the tank..obviously....then the pump...then i will most likely make my own 100-150g sump out of acrylic..1/2 in acrylic just so i can shape it the way i want to get it under the tank...depending on how the stand turns out....
    Derik...

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    oh forgot to mention..your skimmer is perfect for your tank..its rated at 250 gallons with a 9.5 mag
    Derik...

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