It is better to have a continuous head. I find that a skimmer can take time to get going so having consistent production means that the skimmer is working more efficiently. If the skimmer is oversized for the bioload you wont get a good head on it.I know this is an older thread but I have a question on skimming.
Does it matter or is it important to have a "continuous foam head" or is it ok if the skimmer still bubbles but does not produce a foam head all the time? Say if the skimmer has skimmed the water clean and it will stop producing foam for a while until there is more in the water to skim again. And leave the skimmer setting alone (once tuned in) and not try adjusting constantly and chasing the "foam head" Is one way better and why?
If the skimmer is oversized for the bioload you wont get a good head on it.few things to check on skimmer are not only break in time, noise but also maintenance need over time .. for example the HOB1 skimmer is a huge winner among cube tanks. It runs great, start is easy, break in time near zero. HOWEVER check the reviews .. note that nearly none of them are after 3-6 months of ownership .. the HOB1 has a nasty habit of clogging where the airline goes into the pump elbow. Takes 6 months but clogs up over time then nearly no air.
I have had both. I’m using the octopus 150 now. But had a Magnus before in another setup. The Magnus is better for tight spaces because the pump is all in closed in the skimmer. TWould appreciate some advice on replacing my current skimmer.
Currently, I'm running the CAD Lights PLS 50 Elite II. When the pump works properly, it's a fine skimmer. However, the pump is THE problem with this thing -- and, I'm tired of messing with it.
So, my research has begun on a replacement for my JBJ45. I don't want a HOB skimmer -- it must fit inside the back chamber. As a reference -- the Tunze 9004 is used by many in the JBJ45 -- with mixed reviews. It seems, however, that the DC model of Tunze 9004 is very well liked.auto clicker
Are there other serious options I should consider?
Thank you for your time to reply.
the water causing the detritus to rise to the collection cup and later be dumped out by you.