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Here are a few pictures too. Thank you for the guidance.
 

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I am new to the hobby. First saltwater tank. Here is a short video and this is about as close as it gets to working properly.
okay. that helps a lot

the bubble line is waaaay too high. lower that line where the bubbles are breaking so that they break an inch below the lower blue collar where the cup attaches. Then leave it alone for 24 hours. DO not tweak it at all and report back in 24 hours
 

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okay. that helps a lot

the bubble line is waaaay too high. lower that line where the bubbles are breaking so that they break an inch below the lower blue collar where the cup attaches. Then leave it alone for 24 hours. DO not tweak it at all and report back in 24 hours

I opened the water gate all the way but the bubble line would not drop to your specified level. It is just below the cup now?

Should I try a stand again?
 

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Ok, I put the stand back under the skimmer and have the bubble line set to your suggestion.
Okay. Is the skimmer still within the recommended sump water level range?
If so just leave it alone and don't touch it all day today and report back later this after noon. Don't worry if the foam head builds, but isn't going into the cup.
 
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Okay. Is the skimmer still within the recommended sump water level range?
If so just leave it alone and don't touch it all day today and report back later this after noon. Don't worry if the foam head builds, but isn't going into the cup.
Pretty much stayed at the level I set it at on the lower blue ring for the cup. Very little foam created. I still have it on the one inch stand which puts it at about 7" of water which is the lowest recommendation per the instruction manual.

I am guessing my tank is just to clean at this point to generate any real skim foam? 2 months in and 4 fish with regular feeding 3x per day. 2x pellets and frozen once.
 

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Pretty much stayed at the level I set it at on the lower blue ring for the cup. Very little foam created. I still have it on the one inch stand which puts it at about 7" of water which is the lowest recommendation per the instruction manual.

I am guessing my tank is just to clean at this point to generate any real skim foam? 2 months in and 4 fish with regular feeding 3x per day. 2x pellets and frozen once.
Leave it running for another day and don't tweak it. It needs to re adjust. A mini re-breakin so to speak.
 

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My pleasure. I've been where you are. There were no forums back then lol.

I'm old and retired and this hobby has become my passion now. I even added my first 4 corals today. I hope I can make them flourish so I can add some more. My 4 fish and couple shrimp seem fine so far.
 
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I'm old and retired and this hobby has become my passion now. I even added my first 4 corals today. I hope I can make them flourish so I can add some more. My 4 fish and couple shrimp seem fine so far.
Right there with ya. Keep in mind it can take up to a year or longer for a system to fully mature. Stability is key. What corals did you add?
 

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Right there with ya. Keep in mind it can take up to a year or longer for a system to fully mature. Stability is key. What corals did you add?
3 beginner types and 1 more mid level. I got some zoas, a open brain and a plate coral. The harder one is the goniopora.
 

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3 beginner types and 1 more mid level. I got some zoas, a open brain and a plate coral. The harder one is the goniopora.

3 beginner types and 1 more mid level. I got some zoas, a open brain and a plate coral. The harder one is the goniopora.
Good looking corals. Keep an eye on the goni. You may struggle with that one in such a new system. They and many others are better suited to tanks that have been up and running for about a year . Beautiful set up!
 

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Good looking corals. Keep an eye on the goni. You may struggle with that one in such a new system. They and many others are better suited to tanks that have been up and running for about a year . Beautiful set up!

Yea, I figured that one might be beyond my current capabilities but I had $300 credit with the coral so figured I would just give it a try and see.
 

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Good looking corals. Keep an eye on the goni. You may struggle with that one in such a new system. They and many others are better suited to tanks that have been up and running for about a year . Beautiful set up!
Well, you Sir are a certified skimmer expert. My skimmer now is pushing dirty foam up the neck of the cup to the top. Not really spilling over yet with very little liquid in the cup. This is the best the skimmer has operated in the past 2 months and you advice certainly helped me......thanks for sharing your knowledge.
 
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Glad to hear. Let it run a little longer. Tomorrow if there is still no skim being pushed up to the cup, close the gate valve one turn and leave it for for a couple hours. Then report back.
 

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Glad to hear. Let it run a little longer. Tomorrow if there is still no skim being pushed up to the cup, close the gate valve one turn and leave it for for a couple hours. Then report back.
It was at the top of the cup earlier today but nothing appeared to spill over to discard. Now it is just sitting low in the neck so will check in the morning.
 

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Hello! Anyone have any recommendations for a skimmer for a Red Sea 525 XL? Sorry pretty new here, not sure if this is the right place to ask! Thank you!
 
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