What am I doing wrong?

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  1. scuba4ever

    scuba4ever Larval Mass Registered

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    I recently built Lawfish's DIY skimmer, and btw thanks for easy to follow instructions, but when I went to test it...it didn't produce many bubbles at all?....I used the via aqua 4900 with a ball valve on it...I made up a fresh batch of saltwater to test it in...maybe the water needs to be dirty?...I am lost... :(
     
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    neptune Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I have a retail skimmer, but could you turn up/down your air control valve?

    Bubbles will be prduced regardless of water quality. When water is dirty, waste will come to the top.
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    what strength (SG) was the seawater??? it wont bubble as much the fresher it gets??????????
     
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    I had used the ball valve to reduce the flow from the via aqua 4900 and used the gate valve to increase the amount of water in the chamber..

    I am not sure what the SG was of the water...so I should go and check that....hummmmmm thanks...and the fresher the water the less likely it is to bubble...ok, thanks :)
     
  5. Colin

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    yep exactly, for example there is hardly any bubbles at all in freshwater if you try a skimmer there, thats one reason why they dont work in FW.

    Also, try cheking the venturi line for blockages
     
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    neptune Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Freshly made saltwater will bubble, freshwater will very little.
     
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    Ahhhh ok, that makes sense...thanks guys...here I thought I was going to have to explain to the wife that I spent all that money on building a protein skimmer, instead of buying one ... :shock: ...thanks again
     

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