wet / dry skimming explanation pls.

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  1. neo

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    Howdy,
    could someone pls explain wet / dry skimming to me and how to achieve it,
    thx.
     
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    Hi Neo - wet skimming is when you set the skimmer to produce a LOT a skimmate, which is lighter in color.
    Dry skimming is when the skimmer does not produce a huge amount of skimmate, and the skimmate is a LOT darker in color, and also stinks a lot more.

    The skimmers can be adjusted - the most common suggestion is when the water level inside the skimmer is set higher, then the skimmer is set to skim wet. When the internal water level is slightly lower, then the skimmer skims drier...
     
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    So what is better and what should we try to achieve ? Wet (more water, not so green) or Drier and try to gt the most foul green gunk you can get ?
     
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    Sammy - I found that if I skim wet, my tank looks a LOT more healthy. My water is crystal clear, etc..... BUT, I have to replace a HUGE amount of water then (I don't do water changes - my skimmer removes enough saltwater that I am forced to replace)...

    ie. This past week, from the weekend, I set my skimmer to skim wet - I already had to replace 75 litres of salt water since Saturday - needless to say - I have already set my skimmer to skim MUCH drier......
     
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    Wet skimming is in my opinion allot better then dry skimming. Dry skimming takes wuite a while to build up all that skimmate but with wet skimming it's quicker and more efficient. The amount you want to skim depends on what you want. Most will like to skim inbetween the to but more on the wet side. My prefference to skimming is when I look through the skimmate cup and I see the tube in the middle the skimmate is to wet.
     
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    I love this discussion

    i like to do wet skimming when i stay at home

    but normally i adjust the skimmer to a case between wet and dry which is better for me
     
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    That Amin - is something that I too subscribe to! ;) :wave2:
     
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    Ok, cool the issue is becoming more clearer to me know ? I think i'm in between wet and dry skimming ? Please check the pic and tell me if i'm right ?
     
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    cant upload this bloody pic ?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Is the pic too big perhaps, Sammy? (File-size and/or actual pixel-size of pic)?
     
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    Ok another try ? Please have a look and let me know if this skimmate is ok, skimmer running now for 10 days :-(

    [​IMG]
     
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    From that pic it looks as though you're skimming in between wet and dry but leaning to the wet side. Not bad at all!
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    i think you should be pulling out much more crap than that, in the image is a day worth of skimmate from my old bh-100

    [​IMG]
     
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    BTW neo, sorry for Hijacking, tagging along
     
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