Skimmer on / off

Discussion in 'Chemical Filtration / Low Nutrient Systems - LNS' started by Sentari, 22 Nov 2010.

  1. Sentari

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    Hi All

    Just wondering...

    I'm dosing MB7 at the moment and i always switch the skimmer off for 4 hours. Which is recommended.

    Then i dose a carbon source daily. My question here is should i switch my skimmer off for dosing. And also for how long?

    Another question is should i be running an airstone to combat the PH swing? If so for how long should i leave the skimmer off for? I havent yet tested to see if there is a PH swing but alot of people say there might be one.

    I just need to fetch my ph pen then i can test this.
     
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    Hi Sentari. Yes it is recommended to switch off the skimmer when dosing MB7, not a carbon source eg. Vodka. I never really switch of my skimmer when dosing supplements. I wouldnt bother running an air stone, let the swing be.
     
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    I've never switched my skimmer off for dosing MB7. You put the MB7 in the tank so it has time to work and the carbon source gets put right into my zeo reactor.
     
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    depends on the skimmer. Check the rotor unit. My old TS2 stripped the front white part loose because of switching it on and off. So not all pumps can be switched on and off - either daily and / or on timers. Including return pumps
     
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    Thanks guys!

    So dosing should be done in the tank then and not the sump. Just wondering cause i'm currently dosing in the sump where my return is. Shouldnt make a difference.
     
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    Sentari

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    Its and OTP-2000.
     
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    The only thing I dose in my sump is my calcium and alkalinity with dosing pumps and the vodka. The rest goes straight into the tank.
     
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    Sweet thanks!
     
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    Another question is will GAC remove bacteria / carbon source (vodka)? If so what do i do in a case like that?
     
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    GAC removes free moving bacteria. I dose biodigest and I always switch the skimmer off in the night and put it back on in the morning every sunday when I dose and also take out the GAC and return it in the morning.

    Hows the mb7 going? I hear quite a few people complaining about it
     
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    Also bear in mind that an airstone doesnt only introduce oxygen. There is CO2 in the atmosphere already which is pumped through the airstone. You can add all supplements/vodka to the main display or a compartment in your sump that's separate/after your skimmer, whichever is feasable.
     
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    When I read this, its blatantly obvious. Thanks

    Also the skimmer will do the same, just suck up the air in the closed cabinet back into the skimmer.
     
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    Also true
     

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