Cleaning a skimmer

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by coralline, 18 Apr 2012.

  1. coralline

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    Hi Skimmer-fanatics,

    I have just purchased a 2nd hand skimmer (Reef Octopus OCTX200) which I need to clean. I've heard a lot of people using vinegar to remove coralline algae and calcification within the skimmer... Is this the best thing? How do you go about it (run the skimmer with a pure/dilute mixture inside)? Any particular type of vinegar (spirit/malt/grape!)? Does one have to rinse the skimmer 1000 times thereafter?!

    Thanks guys:thumbup:
     
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    Its easy

    vinigar water soak and scrub gently ;)

     
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    @Belinamotion: Thanks! That helps a whole heap!
     
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    Belinda to the rescue (again) :D
     
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    @butcherman: Thanks - nice video;). Rumours of a sequel?! "Return of the killer skimmate" or "Honey, I shrunk the vinegar":lol:
     
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    Just use a bucket, with some old water change water. Place skimmer in it, let it run. add 1L white vinegar.

    30 minutes later. Jobs done.
     
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    hey RiaanP - thats awefully simple!

    Can you use this method for a routine wash aswell? Do we have to rinse off with clean RO water therafter?

    I rinse off the colleciton cup and rub the crap off it...so I can see the bubbles forming, else its thick and sludgy...lol
     
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