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Is it better to have the surface of your tank still or to be really choppy ?

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Choppy helps with the exchange of gasses Smithers. So you want a fair amount of surface movement. Obviously not mini tsnami's as floor will get wet.
 
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The reason I asked this is when I turn my pumps off for any reason, you can see a film on top of the water after a few minutes. Surely this is what the skimmer should pull off. By churning the water up would it not affect the production of skimmate ?
 
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Gavin, make it choppy so that the oil slick (who had his hands in your tank?) can be moved through the skimmer. Also do you do any form of surface skimming?
 
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I have an external over flow box, and only hands in my tank are mine. Can't let Ej put his hands in there, dunno where they have been.
 
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mine is extremly choppy i have 2 vortech pumps going with tunze and seios and all is good
 

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2 months ago I had my water surface quite still, when I added my seios I noticed quite a big difference in the water surface being quite choppy.. I have not noticed any difference to my skimmer production but it maked=s the MH look cool and I am sure helps with gas exchange, I have to switch one pump off during feeding though.. shame poor fishies get a good workout.

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Gass exchange in a system is very important and a choppy surface will aid in this. You will find that if you keep the water calm your pH and other perams will not be a stable as if it is turbulent.
In other words, choppy, turbulent water is best!
 
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ive got my 2 seios positioned on the opposite side sof the overflow , that way all the "dirt" is pushed down the overflow !!!!
 
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The overflow is on the right side of the tank. Last night I turned all the pumps off (rewiring) and there was no film. I re-angled one of the pumps to blow towards the overflow. That is now sorted out.
Next thing I need to do is to get a spray bar of sorts behind the rock work. I was thinking of hiding a pump with a 16mm spray bar behind all the rockwork, just so it keeps the shit off the gravel. I am seriously thinking of going barebottom in the next tank. Problem is i love my wrasse.
 

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Why not have the best of both worlds !! I have BB under my LR and plenty substrate in front, my spraybar pushes all the detris under the LR to the front. I don't like hijacking threads so if you want let me know and I will post pics of what I have done, I feel like it works very well, but as always.. personal opinion

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