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Skimmer Problems...No Skimmate


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I just set up a new/used skimmer and am not seeing much skimmate.


The skimmer is a Top Fathom 36" tall x 6.5" diameter. It was originally designed as a venturi skimmer, to be run by a large pump such as a mag 9.


I modded the skimmer and removed the 2 venturi's and added a Sedra 9000 needle wheel pump. It is producing a massive amount of bubbles, that are very fine. The water level is where it is supposed to be, but I am not getting much skimmate.


I heard that they have a break-in period, but it doesn't make sense to me. Why would this make a difference? The skimmer is on a 72 gallon tank, so is way oversized, could this be the problem? Will it get better?


Here is a pic of the skimmer, it is the one under the arrow.



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