Please help Red sea max 130d Micro bubbles

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  1. ricky

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    Hi guys.
    Please could somebody help me here. I bought a 2nd hand Rsm 130d that is in good condition in December 2013. All was going well till I put my skimmer on. Micro bubbles flooding my tank:(. It is definitely coming from the skimmer outlet. I can stop the micro bubbles by lodging filter wool into the outlet and all is well. I get a little skim mate, but overtime the skimmer does not skim properly. I have scoured the web and tried everything but no luck.

    I only have 2 clowns contributing to the bio load. Is this even enough bioload for the skimmer to function properly? I would like to keep the skimmer on as I still have a lot of algae growth. Last resort would be to buy a new skimmer.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Hammerhead

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    In which chamber do you have the skimmer? It should be in the chamber furthest away from you return.
     
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    Hi hammerhead. Its in the first chamber. The stock skimmer can only fit in that chamber.
     
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    Drill a small hole in the cup of the skimmer and put the airtube from skimmer into the hole in the cup.

    Less bubbles and noise
     
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    Tx Jaques.I read about that to reduse noise. But will it reduse micro bubbles going into the main tank?

    If it does i will def try it.
     
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    Sounds like it just needs a clean or break in.
    Fill a bucket with water and add loads of vinegar to it then place the skimmer in it.
    Make sure that the skimmer pump and about more than half of the neck/body is submerged, the water doesn't need to go all the way up. Plug the skimmer on and let it run for 30 minutes to an hour.

    It should stop the microbubbles. Try it and see if it helps.
     
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    Will try that this weekend tekkengal. Thanks for all the help guys.
     
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    Another way to reduce microbubbles is to put some filter sponge / floss just before the return pump but be careful that it does not reduce the flow rate.
     
  11. Wizard$

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    Are you sure it's the skimmer? I have had load of problems with microbubbles but has always been linked to my return pumps - there should be a bubble trap where the heater is located that get's rid of the bubbles from the skimmer? (no 6 in image below)

    130d_filtration_big.jpg
     
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    Wizard $ its definitely the skimmer. If i take out the power control panel i Can see the bubbles coming out of the return. But all sorted now:thumbup:I cleaned it out with vinegar as tekkengal suggested ,and it is working 100% Thank you to all for the help.
     
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    It's the problem with the skimmers pump
    You need to go to your supplier and ask them to order a new version (free of charge ) for you
     
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    help please!

    Ok, I have the same tank.. the rsm130d. And everything has been going smoothly, but I can only keep one circulation pump on at a time. Otherwise I get tons of microbubbles! So frustrating. Hoping anyone has advice. Ive checked that nothing is being sucked up by the intake and there are no air bubbles caught anywhere. Please help!!
     
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    Hi @ayykasey

    Sounds like the water levels are too low resulting in you being only able to run one pump at a time.
    Can you post a pic to show where your water levels are at (back of tank as well).
     
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