overskim?

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  1. mandarinman

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    can a person really overskim or are we underskimming our tanks?
     
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    I would say yes an no. But everything goes about balance.

    Eg: If you over skim, your softies will suffer but your sps would love you for it. And visa versa. Thats why you must find a balance and see what works best for your system as no 2 systems are the same!
     
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    my tank is sps and zoanthid and clams
     
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    My system has soft and sps and i have 3 skimmers:peroni:
     
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    wow! what size tank and what skimmers?

    i have now got a tunze9430 on my 1.2m sps dominated tank
     
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    I have a 2400lt system with all 3 skimmers rated at 5400lts (together)
     
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    Yes, you can overskim, as in have TOO BIG a skimmer for your system

    Actually not having enough proteins, dissolved organic compound and what else make up skimmate to have enough foam to push up the neck of the skimmer. So the ugly stuff stay in the neck, never overflowing into the skimmer cup.

    Basically your neck is too thick... I mean your skimmer neck...
     
  9. JamesHunter

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    Riaan can one not then just allow your skimmer to skim at a higher level?
     
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    lmao
     
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    you can, but this more an issue running a nano with a skimmer rated for 2000L. So extreme cases.
    So where you are seriously overdoing it with the skimmer.
     
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    True true. I speak from experience where i added a bh1000 to my nano and my softies and lps started not looking leka. I removed the bh1000 and put back my standard boyu skimmer and my tank is looking top notch again.
     
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    helps with volume of water :)
     
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    I say skim skim skim
     
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    I don't get the joke?
     
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    Overskimming is underrated...
    I do believe that it is nearly impossible to skim out enough dissolved organics to make lps & softies suffer. It can be a problem for a small period of time if you used to run an underrated skimmer for a long time with high D.O. in the water & then switch over to a massive skimmer as the corals will have acclimated themselfs to the higher nutrients & dissolved organics over time & then suddenly find themselfs without enough food in the water...
    My dt has a full mixture of lps, softies, polyps & sps & im running ULNS with a skimmer rated at 5x higher than my volume & everything is super happy... The secret just comes in that i very slowly acclimated all the corals over a period of 4 months to the low nutrient conditions.

    As for the zoas & lps... I just target feed them 3x a week to help add some nutrients for them to grow (im definitely not overfeeding them)...
     
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