Simplicity 240 dc skimmer tuning /too big ?

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I can’t hardly ever get my simplicity skimmer to collect anything. It seems it’s running too rich but at the same time it might just be too big I have a 90 gallon tank with about 17 gallons in the sump the skimmer is reconvened down to 100 gallons of (heavy bioload) and my tank is pretty stocked with 5 baby tangs a butterfly 2 clowns 1 blenny 1 wrass 1 cardinal fish and a various clean up crew of inverts but I just can’t ever get this skimmer to skim anything at any level ?? It used to when I first got it it would over flow but now all the bubbles never make it to the collection cup ( I clean the neck once a week ) and that’s the only way I can get skimmate out. I was wondering if anyone had the same problem or possibly had the same problem before I’m just considering a great white gw5 since it’s a smaller skimmer but I don’t want to test 300$ to find out. Any one have any ideas on why the bubbles don’t collect I’ve tried various tunes but right now it’s with the air flow low the pump maxxed out and the other adjustment is closed mostly any comments are highly appreciated thanks guys !
 
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Try this thread To see if they can help you out.
 

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At what depth in your sump is the skimmer?
 
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I’ll check exactly when I get home I know it’s on the shallower end of 7-9 inches I even have it on xport bioplate
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Has anything been resolved? Have you called Simplicity? They are well-balanced skimmers so I do not see why yours is not working, maybe a bad impeller.
 

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I’ll check exactly when I get home I know it’s on the shallower end of 7-9 inches I even have it on xport bioplate
That might be your problem right there...
 

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@Simplicity Aquatics can you help a reefer out?

Thanks for the ping.

I don't think its too big, it should work for your system. Does your controller have dots indicating the speed or numbers on a little screen?

I would recommend starting here:

If that doesn't do the trick would it be possible to post a video?

Its always best to email, call or live chat us to get help but Ill check back here since you need help.
 
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@Simplicity Aquatics can you help a reefer out?
It’s right at 8 inches and now it’s making less bubbles I have a pretty dirty tank (due to this skimmer not working for months ) but maybe I should just buy a new one ? Should I clean it I’ve cleaned it before and nothing happened can anyone recommend a good skimmer for 100 gallons heavily bioload I need some way to pull skim out ! Check out this picture

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It’s right at 8 inches and now it’s making less bubbles I have a pretty dirty tank (due to this skimmer not working for months ) but maybe I should just buy a new one ? Should I clean it I’ve cleaned it before and nothing happened can anyone recommend a good skimmer for 100 gallons heavily bioload I need some way to pull skim out ! Check out this picture

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Here is a video maybe something is broken now becuase it’s all the way up and there isn’t much bubbles or turbulence at all it’s not too old but not brand new it it less than 6 months old cleaned once fully 2 -3 months ago
 

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Thanks for the ping.

I don't think its too big, it should work for your system. Does your controller have dots indicating the speed or numbers on a little screen?

I would recommend starting here:

If that doesn't do the trick would it be possible to post a video?

Its always best to email, call or live chat us to get help but Ill check back here since you need help.
@Texasnanoreef345 Did you see this response from @Simplicity Aquatics ? Time to get on the horn with them and get yourself sorted out. I don't have one of their skimmers but have heard only great things. Likely an issue that can be resolved. Please keep on this and don't spend more money if not needed. Also, keep us posted as I will be needing a skimmer for a new build soon and have been considering this brand.
 
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@Texasnanoreef345 Did you see this response from @Simplicity Aquatics ? Time to get on the horn with them and get yourself sorted out. I don't have one of their skimmers but have heard only great things. Likely an issue that can be resolved. Please keep on this and don't spend more money if not needed. Also, keep us posted as I will be needing a skimmer for a new build soon and have been considering this brand.
I’ve tried there tuning method but mine just always seems to be to lean or the bubbles never quite can collect pasted the neck maybe they do for like an hour at night or something but I’ve never got a consistent foam when I first baught it it over flowed On me all the time but now I can’t get that same bubble action I cant get the collection point up passed the curve of the neck to matter what I do is there some kind of pollutant in my ram causing it not to skim ? Should I run more carbon does that help skimming ? And also I carbon dose tropic Marin Eimni np becuase my phosphate readings have ALWAYS been over .90 and I still can’t skim anything out of here it’s that a reason the skimmer wouldent function ? Waaayyyyy too dirty ? Sorry this is my first skimmer and second reef tank only but first sump I need some experienced reefers help like you guys thank you !
 

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Here’s some picture a day later again

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YOur intake may be partially blocked or the impeller/pump may be damaged. You need to get together with them directly and get it sorted out. DM @Sipmlicity Aquatics here and they will get you sorted out. You may need a new pump or DC controller. Have you taken apart the pump to check the intake and impeller? Really, contact them directly and report back.
 

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Just realized this was the same thread as the DM I just responded too. I watched the video and clearly something is not right. Below is my DM response so I can share with the rest of you. After watching the video I suspect this is either our old impeller (hence the image) or a bad wet side motor.

Hello TexasNano,

I do not believe the skimmer is too big for your system. It is true that a skimmer that is too big can have a neck so large the foam head is unable to build enough to have the waste bubbles pop in the cup.

This is likely due to improper tuning, check out this article.
Inadequate water depth where the skimmer is siting, it should be at least 8" for the 240
Or a pump problem:
  • What wattage is your pump running at? (I now saw it was at 26 in the video)
  • Do you run it at full speed?
  • Which impeller do you have?

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Are you able to create a video and shoot it over?
 

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if this helps...my simplicity skimmer didn’t foam for several if not 3-4 weeks after startup of my tank (a 136g peninsula, with 40g sump) How long have you been running yours? Here’s a pic of the needle valve on mine and foam production. I have it turned all the way up for power also on the controller. I also have it hooked to a CO2 reactor. The silencer is on top to recirc the skimmer air and get good humidity for the scrubber. Also my skimmer chamber water level is 8 3/4” Hope this helps. I would think the skimmer size is fine for your tank.
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From the video there is a problem with the pump, this isn't a break in period etc... The pump is not performing.
 

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