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  1. #1

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    As I have a lot of bright lights on my sump to grow algae, I usually get a lot of green and coralline algae growing everywhere, including in and on my skimmer. That can really effect how well it works so I usually have to clean it about once every two months. The below is what it looks like when I don’t clean it for 3 months



    I used to try to clean this off by hand using aquarium brushes and a vinegar solution, but it was far too much effort and I could never get off most of the coralline algae. A follow hobbyist suggest the below method that he used on some of his FW equipment. I put the skimmer in a large container that I also could use for aquarium water.



    I fill it with 5 gallons of tap water and one gallon of vinegar. I will set the skimmer in there with the gate value fully closed and the air valve about 50% closed. I will take the cup and cup lid off and set it in the vinegar water mixture as well. Then just let it run for about 2 days



    After one day you can see a lot of the algae starting to come off and one the second day, the algae is about 75% gone and has settled on the bottom of the container.

    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    After taking the skimmer apart, I can easily wipe off the rest of the coriline and algae with ease. This takes an hour(ish) long job into a 10 to 15 minute job and I get far better results.

    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  3. #3

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    Oh thats cool, but doesnt not having the skimmer in for an hour hurt ur tank? Idk anything about sw so sorry if its a stupid question lol
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    Actually, it's off the tank for 2 days. As most of the biological filtration comes from all of the live rock, nothing bad happens for only 2 days. If it was off any longer, I could get some water parameter problems, but for only two days, I only see a increase in my nitrates as they will jump up by about 2 to 3 ppm
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    sweet! I'm for any and all tips on how to reduce scrubbing! I'm going to try that on my filters when they get too cruddy for normal rinsing/wiping to work. Thanks for passing that on.

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    Great method! My sump doesn't get alot of light, no algae to be seen yet, but should it get to the point of needing more then the skimmer cup cleaned I'll follow your method Cliff.
    Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..

    Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.

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    Thanks for the birthday wishes - mommy1 and gift - mommy1 Thanks for the rep - Cliff Thanks for the rep, have a cool one on me, Cheers - Cliff Thanks and a new fish for the tank - glarior 
    Thanks for the gorgeous slide show! - fishmommie Thanks for the rep the other day - Cliff It's a Sudbury Saturday Night, Cheers - Cliff Hockey finals can not be watched without a hockey pop or two - Cliff Thanks for the rep :) - Greentoads41 
    Thanks for the Rep!! - steeler1 Merry Christmas! - steeler1 Merry Christmas - Cliff May you be living as high as the holiday hog this coming year! - Trillianne Happy New Year - mommy1 
    Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 Thanks for the Rep!! - steeler1 Have a Birthday fish!! - steeler1 Here you go sir, I just wish it had been a good game. - steeler1 Here's to one crummy Superbowl, lol! - Slaphppy7 
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    Well it's time to follow that method Cliff. My pin wheel is stopping on occasion so I'm cleaning the whole skimmer in a bucket of r/o water and vinegar as you describe above. Being I have very little wiggle room in my sump it took me over 30 minutes to get the skimmer out. I only made a small mess with the water inside the skimmer during this process. Man I wish the sump was able to be slid out from under the tank on a rolling bolster type set-up.
    Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..

    Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.

  8. #8

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    Ouch, that does sound like a dirty skimmer alright.

    You might want to go very heavy on the vinegar (very heavy) and very light on the water
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Thanks for the birthday wishes - mommy1 and gift - mommy1 Thanks for the rep - Cliff Thanks for the rep, have a cool one on me, Cheers - Cliff Thanks and a new fish for the tank - glarior 
    Thanks for the gorgeous slide show! - fishmommie Thanks for the rep the other day - Cliff It's a Sudbury Saturday Night, Cheers - Cliff Hockey finals can not be watched without a hockey pop or two - Cliff Thanks for the rep :) - Greentoads41 
    Thanks for the Rep!! - steeler1 Merry Christmas! - steeler1 Merry Christmas - Cliff May you be living as high as the holiday hog this coming year! - Trillianne Happy New Year - mommy1 
    Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 Thanks for the Rep!! - steeler1 Have a Birthday fish!! - steeler1 Here you go sir, I just wish it had been a good game. - steeler1 Here's to one crummy Superbowl, lol! - Slaphppy7 
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    The above method worked great. Now after wiping what I can reach, should I run the skimmer in a bucket of just r/o water for awhile to rinse away the remaining vinegar solution which I cant reach?

    How bad is it introducing vinegar residue to a sump and tank?
    Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..

    Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.

  10. #10

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    That or a good rinse under water should work
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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