Useless skimmer...!

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by viper357, 28 Jun 2011.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,990
    Likes Received:
    782
    Well, not really, should rather be useless reefkeeper than useless skimmer. :p Due to life being so busy for me these last few months I've gotten into the habit of not emptying my skimmer cup until it is pretty much full to the top, which is a really bad habit. To be honest, I think it's been a good couple of weeks since I last cleaned out my skimmer cup and I realised this yesterday. Life just seems to get in the way sometimes and you tend to forget things, until they jump up and smack you in the face. So anyway, thought I would show you what my Reeftek TS3 skimmer cup looked like after not being cleaned for a while.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Here I have scooped away a bit of the muck so you can see how thick it is, it felt like really soft squishy chocolate mousse :p
    [​IMG]
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. rakabos

    rakabos

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Ok thx there goes my breakfast
     
  4. archiecrain

    archiecrain

    Joined:
    23 Jun 2010
    Posts:
    1,391
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Fourways
    :ack2: that looks Gross.....can just imagine the smell
     
  5. Suhayl

    Suhayl

    Joined:
    24 Sep 2007
    Posts:
    1,230
    Likes Received:
    18
    Bloody hell, I wanted to get that skimmer but opted for the Extreme 200. Does it have one or to pumps?
     
  6. pXius

    pXius

    Joined:
    31 Mar 2011
    Posts:
    1,170
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Weltevreden Park, JHB
    +1
     
  7. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    Finger licking good viper :p
     
  8. viper357

    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,990
    Likes Received:
    782
    :lol::lol::lol:

    Bud, the smell was phenomenal, when I took off the lid it hit me in the face like a sledgehammer.

    It's the old original TS3, the one with 2 x OTP2000 pumps, and I tell you what, I will never ever sell or upgrade this skimmer, performance is top notch, I'll try take a pic in 3 or 4 days time so you can see how well it works.

    yummy and oh so soft and juicy :p
     
    Last edited: 28 Jun 2011
  9. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    what did it skim like when you put it back?
     
  10. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    JHB-Lenzz
    aye if u have to have a power outage with the skimmer that full u asking for trouble u know that:whistling:
     
  11. viper357

    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,990
    Likes Received:
    782
    I don't think it knew what to do with itself, all this clean equipment was a whole new strange experience for it :lol: But yeah, within 10 minutes it had a nice foam head at the top of the neck again. :thumbup:

    What's life if you don't take a few chances here and there :p I will admit I took the cup off very gently to make sure none of the muck fell back into the skimmer. I've had that happen before though, where the skimmer dumps itself back into the tank, not a nice experience sitting and waiting to see if things start dying, but I was lucky and my tank survived the ordeal.
     
  12. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,771
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    like Meks front glass :whistling:
     
  13. Munky82

    Munky82

    Joined:
    11 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    397
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth
    the skimmers' neck looks like the spawing ground of some horrible alien.
     
  14. SIMS

    SIMS

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    3,008
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Empangeni
    Can I have a bite?
     
  15. carlosdeandrade

    carlosdeandrade

    Joined:
    24 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    8,230
    Likes Received:
    228
    Location:
    North Riding, Jozi
  16. Munky82

    Munky82

    Joined:
    11 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    397
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth
    well...in a reef tank it pretty much is...
     
  17. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,546
    Likes Received:
    287
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    wow....
     
  18. Tremayn

    Tremayn

    Joined:
    21 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    5,226
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Lenasia
    yum :)
     
  19. JsPLAYn

    JsPLAYn

    Joined:
    20 Nov 2010
    Posts:
    1,891
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    cape town
    @viper357 ... Lol I had the same experience jus last week lol.... It skimmz more in the neck than cup, that's reef oct for you lol an I'm running the super XP5000 cone, now imagine that load of gunk I had to remove, but tort me a lesson aswell, now I clean neck every sunday an man does it make a huge diference, skimz like a dream now
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  20. Ari

    Ari

    Joined:
    10 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    134
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wow... Now that's yum!:drool5: At least you know it's doing the job...
     
  21. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    As you know red wine taste better the older it is, does it work the same with skimmate? :p
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Useless skimmer Forum Date
ATI 200i skimmer pump, useless? Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration 11 Mar 2013
Red sea nitrate/nitrite tests Useless? Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers 29 May 2012
Useless Trivia The Sump 6 Jul 2009
[wtd] New Venturi skimmer pump +- 2000l - jhb Wanted Today at 16:44
Can a skimmer be too big Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration Today at 05:50
[wtd] Skimmer for 500l - jhb Wanted Yesterday at 19:21
NP pellets and Skimmers General Discussions and Advice Tuesday at 18:55