Breaking in new skimmer

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My tank is hopefully a few days from ending it’s cycle so I decided to start breaking in the skimmer. It’s a Reef Octopus 150SSS...my first Reef Octopus.
I have it on a riser so it’s sitting in just over 8” of water. I have it turned all the way down and took the collection cup off. I’m just letting it overflow for however long it’s going to take to calm down.
anyone else with a Reef Octopus have any advice?

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I personally have had no need to adjust mine, but have heard of some putting an air valve to restrict that air intake. It'll have to be a little DIY, but also temporary until broken in.
 

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I have the same skimmer and mine went a bit crazy with bubbles as well when it was new, there is a 2 week break-in period with this skimmer. However, when turned all the way down it should not be overflowing that much in my opinion. Make sure the white air line is not pinched or pressed up against the sump. Also make sure that it is attached correctly to the intake. Another reason there could be so many bubbles is because of a chemical reaction. Sometimes different medications or reef epoxy and superglue may cause your skimmer to go crazy as well. Water level with this skimmer should be between 7 and 9 inches, mine works great right at 8 inches. I'm not saying you didn't set it up correctly but maybe watch this video just to make sure everything is spot on. I watched it a few times when I first got mine and it helped me with the setup. Hope it helps!

 
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Block some of the flow to see how to skimmer reacts as a test.
When I put my finger on the intake, all the bubble stop like they should and the water level is where it should be. Seems like it’s just getting too much air.
I placed a piece of paper towel over the intake and it actually seems to be working. Lol.
Guess I need to get a valve to screw into the air intake.
 
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Before I started the cycle (dosed with Dr Tim’s) I ran it to pull some organics out of the sand, and it was working fine.
It’s also now putting out a ton of microbubbles, which I hope will subside as it breaks in. Not a newbie with skimmers, but I’ve never had this issue before. Not any experience with this skimmer.
 

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