Protein skimmer in 450 not skimming

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by captainpms, 16 Oct 2013.

  1. captainpms

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    Hi guys my 450 has been making less noise since yesterday so I opened up the lid to check if all was good and there were no bubbles coming out of my protein skimmer

    I unplugged it plugged it back in into another plug and it started working again but very poorly. Bubbles are minimal and not enough to over flow into the cup.

    Is this normal? Is it dirty and just need cleaning or is it busted and now time for a new skimmer? If so what models should I look at getting and which of the Cape Town sponsors offers them?

    I have the tank for about two months but I got it second hand so the skimmer could be more than a year old.

    Thanx in advance! :)
     
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  3. Monti

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    Is the venturi blocked? A soak and blast of warm RO and vinegar may help.

    What skimmer is it?
     
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    lets start at the begining, what make and model is the skimmer and how old is it?
     
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    It's the standard 450 skimmer.

    I'd say just under two years old
     
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    what is a standard 450 skimmer ? what brand is it ?
     
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    oh you mean the standard skimmer that comes with the bouyo 450 ?
     
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    Hey sorry I'm a bit of a noob. I was under the impression all boyu 450's come out with the same skimmer :blush: Will check it out and let you know. Not close to the tank right now though
     
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    Lol yes that's what I meant
     
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    As per many other reefers on here those skimmers are pretty useless.
    @mandarinman did a mod if i remember corretly which improved the performance of the skimmer. Maybe he can comment. Or u can look into getting something better
     
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