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Old 09/24/2017, 10:45 AM   #426
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I'll have to try and see which code is being thrown the next time it shuts off. There really shouldn't be anything in the sump with 13 socks.
The nozzle pulls right off the pump. No need to remove the pump at all. Just unplug it or power it down, pull the nozzle and check for salt creep. That will eliminate the F8 possibility.

The F8 error on your controller is there to indicate air obstruction such as the salt creep in the venturi port in the images below.






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Old 09/25/2017, 02:42 AM   #427
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Thanks Scott! That makes things a lot easier, lol.


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Old 09/25/2017, 07:45 PM   #428
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I would suggest raising the water level in the sump slightly (about 1/4" at most to start). A little adjustment can make a big difference so keep that in mind when making adjustments. That will get the level up higher in the skimmer without having to close the wedge pipe as much. The open the nozzle a tad bit more.
Hi Scott,

So I raised the water level in the sump such that the skimmer is now sitting in 7 inches of water. Opened the nozzle to exactly 5 turns.
Still this is what am seeing :- throttling continues .

Should I open the nozzle further to 6 or 7 turns? Uploaded a video for your review and help .

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Old 09/25/2017, 08:21 PM   #429
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Hi Scott,

So I raised the water level in the sump such that the skimmer is now sitting in 7 inches of water. Opened the nozzle to exactly 5 turns.
Still this is what am seeing :- throttling continues .

Should I open the nozzle further to 6 or 7 turns? Uploaded a video for your review and help .

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Is the ozone port capped off? If not, and if you're not running ozone put a cap on it. That way its only pulling air from the venturi port. You may need to open the nozzle more or possible close it some but I would cap the red tube off. I usually remove the red tube all together and cap the port on the pumps nozzle. If you close the nozzle more, you will likely need to lower the sump level some. If it were me, I would cap the ozone port off and see if it settles down. If not, I'd then go extreme and open the nozzle to 6 turns to see if that settles it down. Then close it to 2 or 3 turns. The idea being that going extreme will give you a better starting point for fine tuning. As I have mentioned before, every tank is different. Load, surface tension, salinity, sump depth etc all impact where the "ideal" nozzle settings so you need to experiment. That said, I don't see much of an issue there. I think you just need to play with it a bit more. Also, use gloves when adjusting the nozzle so you don't have to wait for the skimmer to settle back down. The oils in your skin impact the surface tension of the water and kill the foam head.


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Well, it was an F3 code. I pulled the nozzle and didn't see any salt creep on the nozzle. I checked the impeller but didn't see anything out of the normal. Some slime build up but I don't think that would be enough to cause resistance would it? I've been dealing with dinos, I'm sure some of the strands made it's way into the pump. Could that cause an F3 error? The skimmer literally shuts off for a second, throws a code and then turns right back on.


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Old 09/28/2017, 11:40 PM   #431
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Well, it was an F3 code. I pulled the nozzle and didn't see any salt creep on the nozzle. I checked the impeller but didn't see anything out of the normal. Some slime build up but I don't think that would be enough to cause resistance would it? I've been dealing with dinos, I'm sure some of the strands made it's way into the pump. Could that cause an F3 error? The skimmer literally shuts off for a second, throws a code and then turns right back on.
I doubt that Dino's would cause that. I would take it apart just to be safe, pull the impeller, give it a quick 5-10 minute soak in white vinegar, scrub it well inside and out, rinse it and put it back together. Then see if it persists. Hopefully it's just something stupid and a good cleaning will solve it. I have one other thing I want you to check at the same time. I sent you a PM. We will get it figured out.


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Started up my DC 150 last night to let it start breaking in.

What would be a good water level to start? I believe it is at about 7.75" currently.

I didn't realize I could turn the volute as an adjustment, I will have to do that when I get home from work. Where would be a good starting point for the volute?


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Old 10/16/2017, 10:17 AM   #433
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Started up my DC 150 last night to let it start breaking in.

What would be a good water level to start? I believe it is at about 7.75" currently.

I didn't realize I could turn the volute as an adjustment, I will have to do that when I get home from work. Where would be a good starting point for the volute?
I would suggest a sump depth of 6.75" and a nozzle setting of 4.5 turns out from fully closed. It will take some fine tuning of the nozzle to find the sweet spot for your system. Generally, the skimmer will find stability between 4 and 5.5 turns out on the nozzle. When the nozzle is set properly, the line where bubbles turn to foam will be around 2" or a bit more below the white collar where the cup attaches to the body with the wedge pipe fully open. From there, you use the wedge pipe to adjust from wet to dry. Keep in mind that it will take several days for the skimmer to fully break in so you will likely need to do your final tuning after a week or so. Also, it's best to use gloves when making the nozzle adjustments so the oils from your skin to impact the skimmer forcing you to wait hours before the skimmer settles back down in order to see the results from your adjustments.


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I doubt that Dino's would cause that. I would take it apart just to be safe, pull the impeller, give it a quick 5-10 minute soak in white vinegar, scrub it well inside and out, rinse it and put it back together. Then see if it persists. Hopefully it's just something stupid and a good cleaning will solve it. I have one other thing I want you to check at the same time. I sent you a PM. We will get it figured out.
Beat the dinos, DT and sump clear of dinos and haven't see the error message since. There were a bunch of strands of dinos all around the skimmer.


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Beat the dinos, DT and sump clear of dinos and haven't see the error message since. There were a bunch of strands of dinos all around the skimmer.
Great to hear! They were likely getting caught up in the needle wheel and possibly causing issues with the venturi intake.


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I would suggest a sump depth of 6.75" and a nozzle setting of 4.5 turns out from fully closed. It will take some fine tuning of the nozzle to find the sweet spot for your system. Generally, the skimmer will find stability between 4 and 5.5 turns out on the nozzle. When the nozzle is set properly, the line where bubbles turn to foam will be around 2" or a bit more below the white collar where the cup attaches to the body with the wedge pipe fully open. From there, you use the wedge pipe to adjust from wet to dry. Keep in mind that it will take several days for the skimmer to fully break in so you will likely need to do your final tuning after a week or so. Also, it's best to use gloves when making the nozzle adjustments so the oils from your skin to impact the skimmer forcing you to wait hours before the skimmer settles back down in order to see the results from your adjustments.
Thanks for the quick responses. I moved the skimmer up to 6.75" and backed the Venturi out 5.5 turns with the air tube set to the first line.

I have no fish in the system yet, just CUC and dirty Pukani rock. Skimmer has been overflowing still so have the drain plug pulled, gonna just let it settle down.

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Thanks for the quick responses. I moved the skimmer up to 6.75" and backed the Venturi out 5.5 turns with the air tube set to the first line.

I have no fish in the system yet, just CUC and dirty Pukani rock. Skimmer has been overflowing still so have the drain plug pulled, gonna just let it settle down.

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Since you have dirty pukani rock in there which could be making the skimmer go nuts, I would raise the skimmer up more and skim the stuff out. Then lower it down a tiny bit at a time in a couple weeks in a couple weeks or once it’s settled down.


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Since you have dirty pukani rock in there which could be making the skimmer go nuts, I would raise the skimmer up more and skim the stuff out. Then lower it down a tiny bit at a time in a couple weeks in a couple weeks or once it’s settled down.
Thanks for your help. After moving it up a little it's been pulling some nasty stuff out, even with 0 fish in still.






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Thanks for your help. After moving it up a little it's been pulling some nasty stuff out, even with 0 fish in still.






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Very glad to help! Looks like you got it dialed in and looks like it’s working great! You will likely need to make some adjustments once it gets whatever is in the rocks out and when you start adding fish. At least you seem to hve it figured out now. They are great skimmers once you understand the tuning process and lend themselves very flexible to varying loads. It just takes a bit of tine tuning to get them dialed in like you’ve done.


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Have mini 160 in 9” of water, 22” of fish, adjustment is very sensitive between wet and low vol skimmate, will setting skimmer 1/2” shallower help with sensitivity?


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Have mini 160 in 9” of water, 22” of fish, adjustment is very sensitive between wet and low vol skimmate, will setting skimmer 1/2” shallower help with sensitivity?
Ideally, you would want to adjust the sump level so that the line where bubbles turn to foam is about 2” below the white collar that supports the collection cup and do that with the wedge pipe wide open. Doing that way will make it a bit less sensitive to wedge pipe adjustments meaning you will need to close the wedge more to raise the level up compared to if the wedge pipe is 40-50% or more closed at which point it becomes more sensitive to those adjustments. That said, a tiny bit of a turn with the wedge pipe can make a big difference so turning it a fraction of an inch at a time is always best. If you lower the level in the sump or raise the skimmer, you will need to close the wedge pipe more which might actually make it more sensitive to adjustments.


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Wedge is 3/4 closed, skimmate is a tea color so doc may be lower than anticipated with over 20” of fish. Bubble/foam are approx 1-1.5” below clear skimmer body


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Wedge is 3/4 closed, skimmate is a tea color so doc may be lower than anticipated with over 20” of fish. Bubble/foam are approx 1-1.5” below clear skimmer body
With the wedge being 3/4 closed, that will make it very sensitive to adjustments. I would open the wedge all the way and raise the sump level a little bit at a time until you get the line where bubbles turn to foam down about 2" from the white collar. That would be your driest set point. From there you will only need to close the wedge a small amount and it will be less sensitive to adjustment.

The tea colored skim is likely the result of wet skimming and a light load relative to the skimmers capabilities.


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Skimmer is at bottom of sump, not sure if pulling off rubber feet for 1/4” would matter, think the skimmer is too much for a 65 gallon. Would a 130 be any better in sizing?


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Skimmer is at bottom of sump, not sure if pulling off rubber feet for 1/4” would matter, think the skimmer is too much for a 65 gallon. Would a 130 be any better in sizing?
Just raise your water level in the sump. While the Double Cone 130 would be more appropriately sized, the Mini 160 is an easier skimmer to tune. I would stick with the 160. maybe add a few more fish and raise your sump level up about a 1/2". That or just leave it the way it is and let it run. As long as its consistent which it should be, then you are fine even if the skimmate is tea colored. You certainly aren't doing your system any harm.


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Very happy with skimmer, so will enjoy tea THX


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Very happy with skimmer, so will enjoy tea THX
If you want the skim darker, just open the wedge pipe a fraction of a turn.


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if you want to skim darker.....feed more!!!


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Already feed 2x a day with 22" of fish, these skimmers a beasts underestimated its sizing


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I know! My DC handles 30 fish or so in my 240 super easy

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