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Old 12-15-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer producing tonnnnss of bubbles


I have a coralife superskimmer 65 and its been running on my tank for about 3 months and its still shooting out tons of bubbles out of the bubble diffuser. I have the outlet tube cut so its the correct distance from the bottom pad and i have the diffuser box the correct distance in my water, also i have spent the last 3 months messing around with the flow adjustment valve on the intake tube as well as the knob on the top and nothing seems to be working. Im really close to scrapping this skimmer and purchasing a new one because it really isnt too pleasing to look at a tank thats filled with little bubbles. Is there anything i can do to make this stop? I really dont want to have to get rid of this skimmer and spend hundreds on a new one so any ideas would be appreciated. thanks.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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agreed. alot of bubbles are annoying. coralife skimmers are great skimmers, but are best for a sump where the bubbles are not an issue
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:24 PM   #3
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+1 a lot of bubbles are annoying
but they can be harmful to the health of your reef tank too.....
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:32 PM   #4
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i would have to disagree about them being great. I currently have one and HATE it. I am running it in a sump, but the water level in the skimmer is always changing wheter i keep the water level in the sump the same or not. Whenever i clean the cup and go to put it back on, half the time it leaks. Luckily this thing came with the tank i got from a guy on craigslist otherwise i would have sent that piece of junk back to coralife. i have also come home to this thing just overflowing the cup and almost draining my sump, let alone soaking the stand and the carpet underneath it. I know you probably dont want to return it but I would think about it. I cant wait till after christmas before i can get a reef octopus. the last prices i looked at a coralife compared with a reef octopus there was like a 20 dollar difference for one that is rated for up to 110 gallons. I dont want to come off rude, just telling you my personal experiience with this thing so that you realize your not the only one.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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ok heres the deal...

1. make sure and use the small hose if you are using it hang on (the long hose it came with is for insump)

2. make sure you plug the little air line port size thingy on the return pipe

gonna see if i can get some descriptive photos here...

Oh yea this 75 is a new setup there isnt anything to skim yet...
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:51 AM   #6
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i would have to disagree about them being great. I currently have one and HATE it. I am running it in a sump, but the water level in the skimmer is always changing wheter i keep the water level in the sump the same or not. Whenever i clean the cup and go to put it back on, half the time it leaks. Luckily this thing came with the tank i got from a guy on craigslist otherwise i would have sent that piece of junk back to coralife. i have also come home to this thing just overflowing the cup and almost draining my sump, let alone soaking the stand and the carpet underneath it. I know you probably dont want to return it but I would think about it. I cant wait till after christmas before i can get a reef octopus. the last prices i looked at a coralife compared with a reef octopus there was like a 20 dollar difference for one that is rated for up to 110 gallons. I dont want to come off rude, just telling you my personal experiience with this thing so that you realize your not the only one.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:06 AM   #7
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+1 Piece of junk. Scrap it or sell it
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:01 AM   #8
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wow i didnt expect to hear that this skimmer causes the same problem with many others as well...fishluv thank you for your input i will try all those things you mentioned...is the bubble diffuser even a nessicary to keep on? if not i will remove it like you have done and see what happens. Egator89 i have had the same problems too i have left in the morning for work and the skimmer had almost no skimmate in it and the levels not rising at all and then get home from work and the skimmate is coming out of the top of the container and dripping down my wall and onto the tank stand and floor, very messy and annoying. Ill try a few more things to fix the problem but if it doesnt work out i will try to sell it and then buy a new one. What are good skimmers that dont have these problems? i have a 55 gallon with no sump.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:17 AM   #9
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I highly doubt making your decision based on a person who bought one used is logical - who knows how the skimmer was treated prior to this person getting it, seems like there is more to the story...

...or having a few other people come behind that person and just say "agreed" with no explaination as to why they dislike it. (Brilliant)

I think some people get caught up in labels or brands and overlook how well other products work because they dont have a certain model/brand name on them, or dont have the know-how to adjust them to optimal performance.


Skimmate overflowing is merely a setting issue, you don't set your bubbles high(right near the overflow point) and walk out the door, when there are materials to skim the bubbles will rise on thier own - The skimmer I have on my 55 the bubble level is around 3 inches from the overflow and I still produce skimmate.

And furthermore skimmers from my experience are an ongoing maintenance machine you can't just set it and let it go, they are a complex machine with weights and balances involved - primarily adding and evaporating water level affects thier output.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:50 AM   #10
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good skimmer for you to buy for a 55 gallon no sump is a octopus bh2000, i am ordering one in a few weeks for my 75g
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:37 PM   #11
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I highly doubt making your decision based on a person who bought one used is logical - who knows how the skimmer was treated prior to this person getting it, seems like there is more to the story...

...or having a few other people come behind that person and just say "agreed" with no explaination as to why they dislike it. (Brilliant)

I think some people get caught up in labels or brands and overlook how well other products work because they dont have a certain model/brand name on them, or dont have the know-how to adjust them to optimal performance.


Skimmate overflowing is merely a setting issue, you don't set your bubbles high(right near the overflow point) and walk out the door, when there are materials to skim the bubbles will rise on thier own - The skimmer I have on my 55 the bubble level is around 3 inches from the overflow and I still produce skimmate.

And furthermore skimmers from my experience are an ongoing maintenance machine you can't just set it and let it go, they are a complex machine with weights and balances involved - primarily adding and evaporating water level affects thier output.
these are GARBAGE. mine is set appropriatly and i keep the level at the same point you do if not lower. the water level is constant. i clean multiple times a week. the people that agree have probably had one of these and dont care to repeat what ive said. Ive talked to many people that have the same problems, couple of these being very inteligent lfs that refuse to carry these. The brand is not of concern because i own one of there light fixutres that is just fine. Bottom line i would NEVER recomend this skimmer to anyone. when i get a new skimmer i might just throw it away rather than cause someone else the same problems that come along with these
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:20 PM   #12
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i forgot to mention that i set the settings on my skimmer the night before and i wake up in the morning and the skimmate levels havent increased very much at all, maybe a few millimeters and then when i get home from work its overflowing...doesnt make much sense for it to go overnight with no issues and then during the day it overflows itsself...but i see what you are saying and understand what you mean but the bottom line is that i do not like all the bubbles it creates and like i said before i constantly am changing the settings (once a day or once every 2 days depending on the situation) and have gotten nowhere by doing so. Touzi thank you i will look into that model of skimmer and potentially purchase it on the next payday. Also like i asked earlier, is the bubble diffuser a nessicary part of the skimmer or can i remove it with no issues?
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:34 PM   #13
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I am not an expert but this is my opinion on why this is happening:

The reason that you get a lot of skimmace one day and not the next is because of an increase in nutrients in the tank; i.e. you probably did a feedings or something along those lines.

Electronics don't have their own mind and do not choose when to make skimmace, they simply take when they can. When you have a weaker skimmer you may not see this varying amount being pulled because there is always a constant overload of nutrients.

I would be very interested to see an octopus put in the same tank and see which pulls more.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:42 PM   #14
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yeah that would make sense except i dont feed them until i get home from work so nothing is going on in the tank when i am gone, the lights dont even turn on untill 3pm but this has only happened twice since ive owned it so your right there was probly something that happened to make it do this but i just have no idea what lol. Its the bubbles im more concerned about. thanks for your input though!
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:37 PM   #15
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I am not an expert but this is my opinion on why this is happening:

The reason that you get a lot of skimmace one day and not the next is because of an increase in nutrients in the tank; i.e. you probably did a feedings or something along those lines.

Electronics don't have their own mind and do not choose when to make skimmace, they simply take when they can. When you have a weaker skimmer you may not see this varying amount being pulled because there is always a constant overload of nutrients.

I would be very interested to see an octopus put in the same tank and see which pulls more.
never heard of gremlins have you? i have the same problem with a skimmer of mine its a cheap knock off made by Sky....thank god it was cheap and sits in the sump, i do hate setting it constantly a skimmer is one of those things you set and forget (if it works correctly) so i broke down and bought an odyssea skimmer will see how that goes, only reason is ive seen em work and the guy who has one raves about it set it n forget and for the price its very freakin effective.
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