HELP - Skimmer going crazy

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  1. B2048

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    Hi all

    I just recently regenerated my Purigen by soaking it in bleach and then using Seachem's Prime to remove the chlorine, etc from the Purigen. Afterwards I soaked the Purigen in RO water and then placed it into an internal filter in my tank. After I did that my protein skimmer has been foaming like crazy and I have foam in my sump.

    I read afterwards that some slime coat products can have this effect on the skimmer because it changes the surface tension of the water. And Seachem's Prime does contain slime coat in it.

    I switched off my skimmer yesterday to stop it from foaming up the entire sump cabinet. Is there anything I can do to stop it from producing excessive foam? I've even turned it down to it's lowest possible setting and it didn't help. It's a Reeftek TS1.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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  3. mariusmeyer

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    Short term plan is to raise the skimmer to skim dryer. Once the foam becomes less then lower it again to normal level.
     
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  4. B2048

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    Hi Marius

    Thanks for the advice. I just tried it out with a plastic ice cream tub and it seems to be doing the trick. Will keep an eye on it. Was not looking forward to running without the skimmer on for another day!

    Thank you :)

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    i agree with marius, and perhaps run a little carbon to pull some of the prime out..
     
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    Thankfully, on Day 3 (today) it seems to be back to normal. Was really worried initially because it was looking like a laundromat in my sump and I couldn't figure out why. Thanks for the advice, guys.
     
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