Skimmer on boyu tl450

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by saayman, 15 Jan 2013.

  1. saayman

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    Hi guys,

    I have another problem. It seems like the skimmer on my tank is not fuctioning properly. It doesnt bubble like it should. What would you guys suggest?
    I don not want to replace it with another skimmer as i will soon (hopefully) upgrade to a bigger tank.:thumbup:

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  3. Morak

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    Advice I was given is that on a small tank if you do a 50% water change every 2 weeks you will be fine without a skimmer.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    strip and clean it, check the air lines especially. i bought a skimmer second hand they guy said it wasnt working great i found an insect stuck in the air line. I cleaned it and it worked like a beast again
     
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    saayman Thread Starter

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    thx for the advice, but i did clean it and even checked the pump itself. its set on high, but still not boiling. the little plastic thing at the bottom was broken off when i bought it and i even glued it with marine silicone. :(
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    got a picture of what its doing now?
     
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    Definately a blockage in the air line tube..if you have opened the valve and it's still not bubbling...Can you take the skimmer out...? I sometimes have little bubbles like that and hubby then removes the skimmer as he says there is a T- fitting or something that gets blocked with gunk and he then cleans it with a wire...apparently it's a mission to get the skimmer out...I wouldn't know, I just delegate..:p..:lol:
     
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    saayman Thread Starter

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    ok, will try it....thanks guys
     
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    use one of those wire paper goodies that is supposed to tie freezer bags. Those white things. Remove the paper and use that wire to push it gently down the air intake to clean the pipe.
     
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    thanks, it works
     
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