How often do you clean your skimmer?

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How often do you clean your skimmer?

  1. Every few days.

    44.2%
  2. Weekly.

    25.6%
  3. Every 2 weeks.

    11.6%
  4. 3 weeks.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Once a month.

    9.3%
  6. Other.

    9.3%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    How often do you clean your skimmer?
    Why?
     
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  3. Area 51 Exotics

    Area 51 Exotics 3reef Sponsor

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    Every couple of days usually, I rinse & wipe out the cup and wipe down the tower. I've found I get better skimmate when the tower is clean!
     
  4. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    Ditto here! Wipe out the tower, I try for every other day...but, I am human :-/ ;D
     
  5. Michaelr5

    Michaelr5 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Same here, I get about 1/2 the cup every 3 - 4 days. That's a good time to clean the skimmer when I empty the cup. I don't even have to take it out of the sump. I use a 3/4" nap plastic core paint roller cover. Fits right over the center lift tube and cleans the bubble chamber clean as a whistle! ;D
     
  6. 90_Berlin_joe

    90_Berlin_joe Fire Shrimp

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    Like Vamp75 said, better skimmate on a clean plenum, not to mention i am still trying to adjust my Valve gate mod on my G3.
     
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    well...latley ive been bad just cleaning it when it gets full...which is only about 1-2 weeks...but usually i clean every time i does every 3-4 days :)
     
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  9. chetrod

    chetrod Peppermint Shrimp

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  10. basile

    basile Feather Duster

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    Lets get real I unlug it and do a job of it . Water vinegar rinsing, wipping it , looking at the washers. I mostly do that once a month.
     
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  11. Puffer Chick

    Puffer Chick Giant Squid

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    once or twice a week is all i currently need to clean the skimmer, not much skimmate yet with a powerful skimmer and small biolad. But the filter sock needs to be washed like every 2 to 3 days
     
  12. nctinter

    nctinter Skunk Shrimp

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    As far as taking it out and using vinegar and all that deep cleaning...Once a year, maybe. I clean the cup and neck out every few days. Skimmer produces the same all year long. So if it ain't broke, don't fix it