Skimmer question

oscar

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ok the skimmer has stopped working - i add iodine strontium calcium for my reef but i have always done so - all parts are clean - i always have my hands in the tank...bad i know but hey whats the use if you cant enjoy it - this too was happening when the skimmer was working

it is a jebo - dont have a model not having bought it but it is maybe 40cm tall dark plastic basic model i think... i have just noticed that there is a lack of air bubbles i traced it back and realised that instead of the air tube injecting oxygen it is sucking water partway up its length i have cleaned the tube - and i blow through it to clear salt regularly anyway - and blown air in to push the water out but i comes back straight away... im guessing that this is the reason for the malfunction - duh (lol) no air = no bubbles but i hope there is a simple solution cos screwing around with it sure hasnt helped./..lol.

please any suggestions are much needed!!!
 

Nancy

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#2
I am not a skimmer expert so can't help you with this problem - some of our ceph care contributors could probably help you - I hope they'll check in by tomorrow at the latest.

I was guilty of putting my hands in the tank A LOT because that's how I played with my bimac (at least a half hour per day). It never caused any skimmer problems.

Hope you get this resolved soon.

Nancy
 

oscar

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yeah i am getting worried as the skimmer hasnt been working well for a few weeks!!! though i didnt realise it was cos it was screwed up - i had just done a water change and taken back most of the fish so i wasnt sure how much skimmate to expect but none in two weeks i got a bit worried - lol

the levels are still fine but id like to get it fixed up asap thanks for the post anyway
 

cthulhu77

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Looking at the models available, it appears that the only reason you would have a lack of venturi would be some sort of "slowing down" of your pump...is it putting out completely? It has to be some sort of a water-flow issue...
 

rcl

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I would replace the pump asap

This crap happened to me in my reef tank and god what a nightmare!!!!!!!!

I was just getting less skim for a long time and then eventually just nothing... and I knew it wasn't because the tank was clean!! Finally after 2 weeks or so I bought a skimmer from my coworker, hooked that up and it didn't work. Ends up the pump on THAT thing was screwed up too! So I pulled a powerhead from my Collection and put it on there, and man did that thing SKIM. 3 weeks if not 6 since skimming had been going on, and the amount of stuff I have pulled out is insane.

My suggestion is to go and buy a pump even if it is $30 or $50 or whatever, because the problems you will incur otherwise may be catastrophic. Not to scare you, but to MOTIVATE you!!! :)


It doesn't set in until stuff starts dying off that 'hey, just because I have a skimmer sitting in my sump/tank doesn't mean anything if it isn't working' Hopefully you aren't as dumb as I am :)


Good luck! Also keep in mind that getting a new impeller may fix the problem. It totally depends on your pump/specific problem.. if the pump is exposed to sand and the like though, it may be the impeller. I think a good test is to open the pump and pull out the impeller -- if its hot, maybe replacing it will help (that indicates friction is happening/slowing things down). Otherwise maybe the pump is just done for

Robert
 

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