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I've used about 10 different brands or so through the years, and for the value, I think Bubble Magus Elite's are kind of my favorite
I will look into them for sure. Thanks for the help and if I ever get that old thing running I'll post about it.
 

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Hey yall,

I set up a Bubble magus curve 3 extreme over a week ago (it’s a 1 year old 76gal reef tank with about 6 fish). I let it run in my sump, but it still is having issues with massively overflowing. The cup will fill within minutes. It’s at the exact manufacturer recommended depth of 7 inches. And I set the water level dial as low as possible.

The foam seems to look great if I raise the skimmer out of the water… but then it’s only about 3-4inches deep. This doesn’t seem right or safe, and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of what I can do to fix this…?
 

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could someone please post a video of a properly tuned/functioning skimmer (pref a red sea if possible)? I feel like I’m not setting mine properly. I try to tune it so that the bubbles just barely float over the top occasionally, but this seems to result mostly in fairly clear water after a few days. If I tune it lower than that, the skimmate clogs up in the neck and never seems to make it to the cup.

I’ve seen images in the past of ppl showing their skim mate cups as a dark black or brown color for the most part, and I just never see anything close to that.

This is about as dark as mine gets…
 

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Hi all,
I'm trying to get my old IM 25Gal Lagoon tank back in play. The old NUVO skimmer pump does not work anymore. Could you guys recommend one skimmer that will fit my tank (with good reviews)?

Thanks in advance,
Jorge
 

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could someone please post a video of a properly tuned/functioning skimmer (pref a red sea if possible)? I feel like I’m not setting mine properly. I try to tune it so that the bubbles just barely float over the top occasionally, but this seems to result mostly in fairly clear water after a few days. If I tune it lower than that, the skimmate clogs up in the neck and never seems to make it to the cup.

I’ve seen images in the past of ppl showing their skim mate cups as a dark black or brown color for the most part, and I just never see anything close to that.

This is about as dark as mine gets…
The bubbles should break about an inch below the neck ring. To get that dark black skimate you see it’s very dry and most likely from carbon dosing.
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What skimmer is better? A RLSS DC skimmer with pump and controller or a Reef Octopus 150 INT?
Both work but i would take the waveline pump on the RLSS over the aquatrance pump on the RO.

in my experience DCs help to better fine tune skimmate production and are much quieter.

Jecod DC on my old reef dynamics INS skimmer that i'm currently running (4 days worth).
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This is the official R2R Skimmer Q&A Thread where the answers to your questions are as concentrated as skimmate!

We will do our best as a community to answer questions you have concerning protein skimmers so ask away!

Thank you!
I have a Tunze 9012 Skimmer and it used to work fine but then our sump got too full (pump died) and since then, it foams out the back of the unit by the air valve. Am I supposed to open or close the air valve and is the foaming out the back normal???
 

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