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About 4 days ago, I added some chemiclean red slime remover to my tank. I forgot to turn of my skimmer when I added it (not sure if that is contributing to my problem or not). Anyways, I have been getting a large amount of bubbles coming from my skimmer ever since. I have tried shutting my skimmer off a few times (for 24 to 48 hours each time), and have done 2 10% water changes. I'm still getting a lot of bubbles from the skimmer. 2 questions:

 

1. How do I get rid of the bubbles?

2. Are they going to damage the inhabitants (1 perc, 1 gramma, 5 corals, snails, crabs, etc) in my tank?

 

Thanks

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This is what I would do.

 

Have a lot of new water prepared. Run the skimmer and let it wet skim. Oh yeah, forgot to mention you need a drain on your cup. If you don't, just keep emptying the cup. Replace missing water. Eventually it'll go away.

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Did you do a large WC after 24 hours, as the instructions say?

 

Add some carbon, this will help. Do a large WC, around 30-40%. Run the skimmer and drain the cup as needed. Keep the water level at the lowest in the skimmer. Keep an eye on your SG.

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Have ran the Chemi Clean and yes you need to do a bigger WC than 10 percent. As Impur stated pull at least 30 percent out and change it. I only am running maybe 40 gallons max in my system and will pull out 15 gallons at least when using that stuff. And even then it took the skimmer a few days to calm down. Good luck.

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This stuff changes the surface area of the water. I'm not the chemist, so I won't go into detail, but I left my skimmer off for 48 hours, did a big WC, then when I started the skimmer back up, I removed the adjustment tube all together. After I noticed the bubbles going down in the chamber, I added the adjustment tube back on, but at its lowest point. I then kept adjusting as necessary until back to normal.

 

I myself loved the clarity of the water afterwards, but I didn't really notice a big change with the algae. The biggest help (with the algae) was directing flow on the area and keeping my 10ks of for 7-10 days in a row. I left the actinics on but with out the "hot" lights, I noticed a dramatic drop. I also measured my tank for phosphates (0) but my nitrates are high-I am now working on this as I know some algae thrive with higher levels of nitrates. I now only run them (10k's) 4 hours per day, but keep in mind I only keep softies, polyps and LPS.

 

Kris

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