Skimmer Water Height

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  1. Elrond

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    Ppls,

    I've seen a few references to water levels and skimmer necks, is it a rule that the water level be on the same height as the start of the skimmer neck or is this only applicable to some skimmers?

    I have a berlin 50-200

    Thanks!
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    I ahve been wondering this myself. With my current skimmer the water level is about halfway up the skimmer neck. I get the feeling that it's a matter of tweaking until you hit the right spot.
     
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    Elrond Thread Starter

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    Galibore, thanks for the response, I appeciate the 'tweaking' aspect but any skimmer will produce skimmate if there's enough pooh in the water surely?, I just want to get as much out as possible... I suppose I shouldnt expect a comprehensive answer unless somebody else has done the hard work with a similar berlin!

    *hold thumbs*
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    I hear you man.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Elrond, post a pic of your skimmer, I'm sure once the guys see what it looks like they will help you.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    in my case,then i leave the bubbles at the bottom of the skimmer neck i get a darker skimmate,when at the middle,lighter skimmate and when at the 3/4 its relatively wet skimmate.so guess thers lotsa pros and cons to it
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    Yes, I suppose. Would still like to know which is better, wet or dry skimming.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well i prefer dry skimmate.in a case of emergency eg.my cyano breakout thats when i ran it wet
     
  10. Elrond

    Elrond Thread Starter

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    Here's a picture from 1 April 2007.

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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    wow thats nice elrond!
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    Mekaeel,

    If you don't mind me asking, what was your motivation for running it wet during your Cyano outbreak?
     
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    Elrond, is that a new Fuge? Any life in it yet?
     
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    well there is no reall motivation,its just from my experience,large water changes, manual removal of cyano and wet skimmate.it worked well.the muck in the skimmer was more on the red side lol
     
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    The advantages of running a wetter skimmate it is supposed to remove more PO4. The disadvantages of a dry skimmate is gunk generally builds up in the riser tube of the cup and thus starts to impede skimming. The ideal way of setting a skimmer in is to have the gunk just forming on the top +- cm of the riser tube in the cup and then out into the cup itself.
     
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    so alan,you think this what helped my removal of cyano?(wet skimmate)
     
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    Dont know, but the theory is more PO4 removed with wetter skimmate.
     
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    Ok now I thought the exact opposite with WRT the gunk build up in the neck, I must say that I have taken your advice and upped my water level in my neck a bit more from the last pic's in the thread you all helped me with and I'm getting about 1/2 more skimmate in the same time just a bit lighter....so IMO i think wet is better...
     
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    i just gave it a shot with wet skimmate and i noticed it disapperad
     
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    Galibore, I've got tons of pods running around inside there and have for awhile, problem is I found the design not ideal of the sump so am going to swop it out on friday (hopefully) which effectively means starting again :-/ I'm getting a few too many micro bubbles, too much salt creep and not enough reserve in my return chamber, I'm trying to make it less maintence on a day to day basis.
     
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    In so many ways.


    What dissappeared Mekaeel? The foam?


    Cool, was wondering how the coarse substrate is doing i.t.o. worms etc as most people reccommend a sugar fine substrate, even if there is no DSB.
     
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