skimmate color??

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers' started by longballz84, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. longballz84

    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    whats the best color skimmate that your protein skimmer can produce??

    more towards the green or brown spectrum
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  3. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    as dark as possible
  4. {Nano}Reefer

    {Nano}Reefer Dragon Wrasse

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    i wouldnt take advice from him :lol:

    +1, the darker the better, the more "crap" is being taken out of the water column.
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    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    i like mine dark the color of coffee, i don't like a dry foam like alot of people do. i don't mind emptying more often and it helps me feel better if i lose power. the more skimmate that makes it in the cup the less will flow back in to the water if the pump turns off.

    edit also the thick stuff will make you gag, if you take a deep wiff of it youd probably throw up
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  6. longballz84

    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    i only ask because i have mine running in my 'fuge for about 5 days now, and its producing a deep green....
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    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    do you have a algae problem because i usually get yellow to brown, with no green unless i have a algae bloom
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    {Nano}Reefer Dragon Wrasse

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    ive never heard of yellow skimmate... what kinda skimmer you got?
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    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    diatoms are popping up for the first time, and my tanks almost a year old...i also have some hair algae that im trying to get rid of...im trying to cut back on total light, and someone also said that using flake flood can lead to excess phosphates?
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    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    coralife 125 its not really a yellow just a very light brown.
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    PharmrJohn Giant Squid

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    Dark brown here. It does stink a bit.
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    +1 on that. I have actually, honestly, vomited twice cleaning out my skimmer
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    PharmrJohn Giant Squid

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    That's yucky dude. Did something like, "Hey Tiff!!!! Come over and smell this!!!" come out of your mouth right afterwards?
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    This is my skimmate cup with a flashlight directly behind it. As you can see it is very dark and light doesn't go through it.

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  17. JohnFritts

    JohnFritts Peppermint Shrimp

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    Mine is dark green, but you can still see thru it... It's still a new setup tho...

    Since my wife had kids, she has "no smelling ability" ... Thus, she will be cleaning out the collection! lol

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    My almost a year old reef tank produces coffee colored thick black smelly stuff and my new fowlr tank with one fish produces a thin green color. I do have some algae but its not THAt bad, maybe it will eventually darken?
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    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

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    When my 150 crashed, my skimmate was like an aqua-blue/green color.
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    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    LMAO. No, she wasn't home. I do all my tank work on saturday's when she is at work and I have the house to myself. Seriuosly though, theres something about skimmate that gets me everytime. I gag viscously every time I empty the cup :-X
  22. tigermike74

    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

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    I cover my nose with my shirt when I clean the skimmate cup. That ish stinks! I was at my LFS when they were cleaning their tower and you could smell it when you walk in the door and the skimmer is about 40 feet away from the door!!!
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    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    mine is definitly not that dark...to say the least...should mine look like that?
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    You want it to be as dark as possible. If its too light, that means you are taking in water in the cup as well as the gunk (called wet skimming). You can adjust your skimmer to correct the problem. How you do this depends on the skimmer. With most, you can either lower the water level a little under the cup, or even raise the cup itself.