Clean your protein skimmer's neck!

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Broder, 14 Jan 2012.

  1. Broder

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    I just thought I'd post this reminder, more for the new guys really, as I don't think that I've ever seen it mentioned before.

    The gunk that collects agaist the sides of your skimmer neck must be cleaned as soon as it starts to become visible. If not, ammonification will begin there and ammonia will return into the water column with water running down the inside of the skimmer neck. This obviously applies to the gunk on the lid as well.

    This ammonia will not be skimmed out later as it does not adhere to air bubbles. Here's an explanation why: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_skimmer"]Protein skimmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
     
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    To be honest, I'm not quite sure how soon ammonification starts, but I assume it's very soon if not immediately? Does anyone have that info at their fingertips?
     
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    :) i just cleaned mine this morning including the cup.
    i just thought it was a given that it needs to be cleaned.
    thanks for the reminder thought!
     
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    Just out of curiosity, how often do most of you guys empty/clean out your skimmer cup? Mine has to be emptied out at least every 10-12days, is this normal? It's a TS2 (not for long ;) ) and set on dry skimming..
     
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    THis drives me crazy, petshops are the worst culprit, a skimmer doesnt skim if its dirty!
     
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    all depends on your bio load but i empty my cup every third day...12 days does sound like you need to tune ur skimmer a bit more
     
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    ok, maybe not so long, was just thumb sucking numbers, calculated now, got back last wed, cleaned out on thurs and it's full today
     
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    gMan, I'm also running a TS2. You can run it a bit dryer. I cleaned my skimmer the other day in a tub with 30L RO water and 2L vinegar. Must see the improvement.
     
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    is that including the pump?
     
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    Yip, put it in a tub, for 4 hours (about). And let it skim.
     
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    You run the skimmer in the tub with ro and vinegar. Just as what you would in the sump. It cleans itself basically
     
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    If I don't clean my skinner for 3 days, I get buildup of goop on the neck. That would leach ammonia back into the tank. Forget ro water guys, your skimmers are doing more damage if you're not cleaning them often enough imo.
     
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    wow, my ATI powercone took 3 months to break in and 4 weeks to fill the cup, orgasmic skimmer
     
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    it all depends on the amount of organic waste(fish sh!t) that there is. Your skimmer sounds a little over rated for your system. Can you set it to skim wetter? Ie, the bubble level closer to the edge of the neck of your skimmer?
     
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    i clean mine once a week
     
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    that sounds like about what most people would do.. . . Most of the maintenance on the weekend when we have some time. I've been wondering if we don't need to clean our skimmer necks more often than that?
     
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    I clean my skimmer cup every morning. Some times I might skip a day but I really prefer not to. As mentioned above a dirty skimmer neck really effects the performance of the skimmer. I have a high bio-load and I 'm feeding heavily. I believe in heavy skimming.
     
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