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Protein skimmer micro bubbles

Discussion in 'Lighting, Equipment & DIY' started by vicdaspic941, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    My protein skimmer is releasing too many micro bubbles in my tank, it's been up for 2 weeks now and it's really annoying to see all those bubbles in my tank. Anyone got any ideas on how to get rid of those damn bubbles
  2. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    Do you have a sump?

    What Skimmer are you using?

    What size tank?
  3. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    No sump , it's a canister filter , 45 gallon breeder and a hang on protein skimmer don't know what make
  4. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    That's a tough one with a hang-on skimmer. Is it working well? Would it still work if you reduced the flow through it?
  5. 2quills

    2quills Active Member

    I think a common fix for a lot of those back pack skimmers is to put a foam filter sponge on the output. I think some brands actually make them for their skimmers IIRC.
    Got a pic of the skimmer?
  6. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member


    There it is , see all the bubbles too lol
  7. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    @ bang guy I'm not sure if it will , the more closed the air vent is the more bubbles it puts out lol
  8. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vicdaspic941
    @ bang guy I'm not sure if it will , the more closed the air vent is the more bubbles it puts out lol

    I meant what happens if you reduce the water flow.
  9. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    I don't think I can do that, unless you mean covering the output a little bit
  10. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    If you cover the output the skimmer will likely overflow. You would need to somehow reduce the intake. I don't know if that's possible with your skimmer though.
  11. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    I think I just created a solution, lol I put a sock over the output , no worries just bought new ones lololol I used two ankle socks too , and so far it's doin great , the outflow is not restricted and the bubbles are no longer everywhere in my tank should I leave it on or is the sock a bad idea?
  12. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    I think it's fine if it's working. Just be sure to clean it often.
  13. vicdaspic941

    vicdaspic941 New Member

    Sounds good well here's another question, don't feel like startin a new thread lol, what's your opinion on tank heaters, I noticed that my tank once the lights go off gets cold n my goby'a try to jump out, last night I put the heater in and I noticed they didn't try to jump out, I just want to know if it's good to keep the heater in , and if it'll have negative affects on any future coral I add?

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