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    Lightbulb Skimmer-water-change

    well the subject pretty much summed this up.
    what do you guys (and gals of course) think of the following:
    my skimmer - Remora Pro - for example (and i'm sure others can also, if not Van can make anything do anything) can be set to make a very wet foam and it also has a drain fitting on it. the collection cup on the lowest setting pretty much skims out "green water" rather than the thick gunk. (i am assuming that this setting just makes it a lot more sensitive and takes out even the slightest organic waste). now i would expect that on this setting, it can skim about a gallon of water a day (into a bucket or whatever). SO... rather then just emptying tank water to make a water change, why not just set the skimmer on such a setting, and at least the water being replaced will be the worst water in the tank?
    would this work? or would it result in some things getting skimmed out and others not and throw the whole tank off balance by doing water changes like this?
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    You want a dryer foam that pulls out the worst gunk, otherwise you'll pull out all the organics, good as well as bad ... it's called over-skimming ...

    If the drain hose ever blocks expect to get a lot of foul water everywhere ... : I would recommend only going for dark skim-mate not the green-tea stuff ... :

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    if the hose blocks up, it will overflow back into the tank.
    well even on the highest setting, it isnt pulling out such a thick gunk - is that a problem?
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    How long has it been running?

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    a week or two
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    actually i think it exactly one week.
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    It may need at little more time to settle, it's probably still sucking out a lot of excess protein as well as "breaking-in" ...

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    k, i'll hold up a little (sure beats the stinky SeaClone)
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