What is a recirculating skimmer?
On a recirculating skimmer, one or more pumps recirculate water inside the protein skimmer body while mixing the recirculated water with air. A separate pump feeds the protein skimmer body water.
How do you prime a reef octopus protein skimmer?
It is to prime the skimmer by letting more water enter the tube and start the suction from your tank. You have to remember that the tube is outside the tank. It is the same concept when you put a tube into your tank to drain the water.
How do I know if my protein skimmer is working correctly?
you will know its working when you get a dry-ish skim in the cup, it will be very dark and smell bad. that skimmer cup should take about 3 days to fill up with gunk. if its too wet your cup will fill up fast, thats not what you want, you want a foam of gunk going into that cup.
How do I know if my skimmer is working?
If air is being properly mixed with the water your skimmer should be producing bubbles. If your skimmer is producing bubbles then chances are there is nothing wrong with your skimmer. It may just need to break in, be cleaned, or be readjusted.
How often do you clean skimmer neck?
We recommend cleaning the collection cup of your skimmer at least 2 times per week and more often for tanks that are producing a lot of waste.
How often should you clean your protein skimmer?
You only need to clean the body of the protein skimmer about every six months if the growth and accumulation is normal. To make quick work of the coralline algae, simple drain all of the water out of the skimmer, remove it from the sump and take it to a bucket to soak.
Why is my protein skimmer not working?
When skimmers do not work the most common problem is a lack of air. If air is being properly mixed with the water your skimmer should be producing bubbles. If your skimmer is producing bubbles then chances are there is nothing wrong with your skimmer. It may just need to break in, be cleaned, or be readjusted.