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    Re: afraid of shutting off the skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by redadeath
    i tried removing skimmer before

    i got smell out of the tank

    also the water turned aliitlte bit brown

    so i am afraid to repeat that step
    Take skimmer off and try using carbon for a while. It will not remove any tiny particulate food like a skimmer can and will keep dissolved organic carbon at natural levels.
    You could try gradually reducing the amount of carbon you use while the system gradually adjusts and may then be able to stop using it altogether.
    I know much is made on this site about how much corals eat but just like any living organism there is a limit to how much a coral requires. Just look at ecoreef zero, a 6 gallon tank with just one elegance coral in it. Just a pinch of food a day and it has grown 300%!

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    Re: afraid of shutting off the skimmer

    Smell can be from putting too much liquid food in water.

    Brown is from not cleaning screen soon enough.

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    Re: afraid of shutting off the skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by RkyRickstr
    I dont agree that its a good tool.. why would you want to remove food from the tank so then you can go a dose it.. its plain dumb imo.
    Take the cup off the skimmer or turn the skimmer down to where it doesn't collect anything.. problem solved and still provides superb aeration of the water.
    For me I figured I spent $300 on the thing, don't really want to sell it because I like having a stock pile of parts on hand, so why not keep it running. It does seem to help with ORP levels.

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    Re: afraid of shutting off the skimmer

    can lowering level in skimeer would be good choice
    my skimmer is not good brand anyway it also fill the cup after 3 weeks

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    Re: afraid of shutting off the skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by redadeath
    In the mean time you can clean it and get it ready to sell
    lol

    so do u feed as recommended or less with no skimmer?
    I feed what the fish load can handle, about 4 cubes right now. The scrubber grows algae accordingly. Never had an issue.
    75RR / 20g sump / DIY Scrubber / 3 x 150DE MH & single T5 actinic

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