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06/24/2007, 07:24 AM
The cup keeps filling and overflowing. I have the stand pipe as high as it can go and the gate valve opened all the way. The out tube is under a little bit of water, but not much. It sits in 6.5" water. Will it ever stop overflowing? Did this happen to anyone else?
06/24/2007, 09:37 AM
If you are referring to the standpipe as the piece that holds the T-exhaust that is adjustable by the wingnut, then remove the wingnut and don't use it. Lower the standpipe to the lowest position so that you don't crack the standpipe because of the counter weight of the gate valve plumbing. Start off with the gate valve wide open at the lowest standpipe point and then slowly adjust until the bubble breaking level is just about even with the bottom of the collection cup. Leave it there for 3 days and if the skimming is too dry, adjust the bubble breaking level up no more 1/2" every 24 hours until you get the desired skimming that you prefer. It shouldn't overflow if you take it slow during the break-in period.
With the standpipe at the lowest point and the gate valve wide open and if you still have overflowing, then you should contact the dealer who you purchased the skimmer from as you have a problem and need them to go over the skimmer in more detail with you to readjust. I posted the same response in the Equipment forum.
06/24/2007, 01:02 PM
Well I took the gate valve off, lowered the pipe as far as she goes. The overflowing has slowed.
I was adjusting it backwards. I had the pipe all the way up. This is why it was overflowing. Duhhh!:o
Thanks for your help,
06/24/2007, 02:38 PM
From all the posts on this skimmer, BM200, if even at the lowest standpipe position with the gate valve fully open, you are still having an overflow problem, remove and and leave the gate valve off for now.
If your tank is brand new and cycling the live rocks and live sand, sometimes you'll get a crazy skimmer syndrome. Need to bring the waterlevel within the skimmer as close to the bottom of the collection cup as possible to give your skimmer a chance to remove all the waste created by the curing process of your live rocks. Or did you use some epoxy to glue your live rocks in place? If so, this might make your skimmer go crazy as well.
BTW, your sump water is perfect at 6.5"!
06/29/2007, 10:58 AM
Kristin, is your skimmer breaking in correctly now?
07/06/2007, 02:16 PM
Sorry I just saw this. Yes, the BM 200 is skimming now. I do not have it dialed in to where I want it yet. This is on a new tank set up. The rock was already cured, so it doesn't have much to skim yet. I do have a few fish that were given to me from a reef club member. So as the feedings get more and I get some corals growing, I am sure it will do its job.
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