Urgent advice please

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  1. gaboon

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    Not sure how serious this is... I turned off my skimmer about 5 hours ago and dosed mb7, when I turned skimmer back on, the skimmer cup filled within 30 minutes. What could be happening here? Tank looks fine, all polyps fully extended
     
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  3. Trev

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    Thats normal after dosing bacteria as the skimmer is pulling that with other micro orga attached to it out
     
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    gaboon Thread Starter

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    I've been dosing mb7 for quite a while now, it increases skimmate but never filled the cup In half an hour, it's totally clear. If I leave it on tonight I'll lose litres and litres of water.
     
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    maybe just drop the level in your skimmer for tonight.. i know your skimmer should skim more but thats really alot.. not too sure why..
     
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    Yeah very strange, it's trying to pull something out, the only thing different I've done was add 5ml vinegar to the kalkstirrer yesterday, i dose 1ml vodka every morning. I've dropped the level in he skimmer, can't turn it off as I'm concerned about the ph overnight
     
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    Carbon source dosing increases skimmer activaty.
    There you go!
     
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    Spot on Marcel!
    I also found dosing chemicals such as Potassium and Iodine also causes the skimmer water level to increase.
     
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    Surely not to overflow the skimmer cup in half an hour with clear salt water? As I said I've been dosing mb7 for quite a while and its never done this before.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    It has happened to me in the past aswell Gaboon. That's the reason why I got my skimmer water level set very low. In the past I use to have it about two centimeters from the top of the skimmer neck, but not any more.
     
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    gaboon Thread Starter

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    So do just lower the level when dosing mb7? How often do you dose?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I keep the level low permanently now, so im basically skimming very dry. I dose MB7 daily, but small quantities.
     
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    Any reason why you dose small amounts daily as opposed to once a week? Sorry for all the questions:)
     
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    No problem dude.
    I prefer keeping everything at one level rather than a dip and a sudden rise. Get what I mean? I dont know if you noticed, after dosing MB7, the water becomes very clear? By dosing daily, the water remains clear the entire week rather than clear on the first few days then it becomes dull (when dosing weekly).
     
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