Do You Smell Your Skimmate?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by Zotch, Nov 8, 2017.

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Do you smell your skimmate?

Poll closed Nov 15, 2017.
  1. Yes, why let the goodness go to waste.

    40.7%
  2. On occasion.

    40.7%
  3. Gross!!

    18.5%
  1. Coronus

    Coronus Well-Known Member

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    Sooo funny!!
    Truth is I do sometimes. I never hold my nose. I feel like it’s part of knowing your skimmer is working. The nastier the better. If it don’t stink, the skimmer is weak.
    I will admit I chase the wife through out the house with it. She runs for the hills. It literally will clear a room when I am cleaning it.
     

  2. kalare

    kalare Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    skimmate can change smells and let you know something is off or changing in your tank. I smell it every time.

    Kinda like looking at your poop...I bet most people do that too, and they should, cause it can warn you of bad things.
     
  3. Jl330

    Jl330 Active Member

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    I have a hob and set it up to drain into a gallon jug. That thing is gnarly when it's full.
     
  4. Klcan

    Klcan Member

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    I try not to but sometimes that smell just jumps out at you. It’s good for clearing your sinuses
     
  5. Donovan Joannes

    Donovan Joannes Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Rest In Peace Build Thread Contributor

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    Before I decommissioned my skimmer, I never had a bad smelling skimmate. It smells earthy even with all those gunk in it.
     
  6. Lawrence Lee Blankenship

    Lawrence Lee Blankenship New Member

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    No, Please
     
  7. 21reefstreet

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    Please don't judge me...but i think it has an earthy smell too and i kinda like it. And no i haven't tasted it!
    But i use the KISS method, so maybe there is something to that.
     
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    Gahngoo New Member

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    I use mine as a broth, add shrimp and make a nice tasty fart-soup.
     
  9. dansreef

    dansreef Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yes.... Kind of like when I do a quick sniff after I fart in the car with my kids. It tells me whether I need to lock the windows or not... I want to make sure they have the chance to enjoy it as much as I do.... ;Woot
     
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    Gross...

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  11. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Expert Contributor

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    FWIW, mine never smelled bad. It just mostly smelled like "the ocean". :)
     
  12. dansreef

    dansreef Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    We're talking about skimmate right???? :D
     
  13. skiergd011013

    skiergd011013 Active Member

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    I like the smell of the fizz/foam right after you had just cleaned the cup. Its got a strange, sweet smell. I like ut because it reminds me of when i first got started.
     
  14. siggy

    siggy Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    It may not be the skimmer that's a little off
     
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