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Old 07/24/2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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HELP?: Skimmer Overflowing from Chemiclean Treatment

How long will it take for the skimmer to return to normal after a treatment of Chemiclean???

I did a 20% water change as instructed, no change. What has been your experience, and advice/tips??

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Old 07/24/2010, 08:16 PM   #2
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I just went through this with Red Slime Remover. I left my skimmer off for five days as instructed, did a 25% water cahnge, and my skimmer still went nuts when I turned it back on. My collection cup would fill completely with clear water within about 15 seconds.

Here is what I did, and it worked like a champ. All my critters and corals seem to look a little better afterwards as well. If you have a drain hole in your skimmer cup, you can hook a hose to it and let it drain into a water change bucket as the skimmer is running wide open. (You can always add a drain hole in your cup as well, but you will need to plug it up afterwards if you don't want to run an external collection container.) Anyway, I had a water change bucket filled with fresh mixed salt water standing by. As the skimmer pulled water out, I pumped in clean water. It's like doing a water change using your skimmer as the out-pump. I have a 150g display tank with a 55g sump. It took about 35 gallons of fresh mixed salt water before my skimmer finally settled down, and quit overflowing. It's been about a week, and everything looks great in my tank.

The only other option is to just let the skimmer run, and keep emptying the cup as it fills. Just be careful if you have an auto top-off as your salinity may drop with all the skimming. It will take a while, but eventually your skimmer will settle down and act right.

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Old 07/24/2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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just turn your skimmer all the way down and after a day it will settle down


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Old 07/24/2010, 08:51 PM   #4
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Thanks, I appreciate the info. My skimmer (Warner Marine K2 cone) cup has a drain, so I might drain/refill as mentioned, or maybe just let it run and drain back into the sump, as the water is mostly clean, I put some Purigen in the filter sock, so that will help filtration too...


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Old 07/24/2010, 10:56 PM   #5
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Do many multiple WCs and run skimmer first couple of days w/ out cup--increases O2.
Then after 3-4 days run skimmer as dry as possible.
Last time I believe I used "red slime remover" and it seemed to do better. I've used Chemi-Clean a couple of times, and my skimmer was going very, very nuts.
Just keep the cup off---skimmer on, until you can get a handle.


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Old 07/25/2010, 11:00 AM   #6
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Do many multiple WCs and run skimmer first couple of days w/ out cup--increases O2.
Then after 3-4 days run skimmer as dry as possible.
Last time I believe I used "red slime remover" and it seemed to do better. I've used Chemi-Clean a couple of times, and my skimmer was going very, very nuts.
Just keep the cup off---skimmer on, until you can get a handle.
+1 - This is exactly what I did, and it calmed down after about a week.


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Old 07/25/2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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I just let mine fill up, and after emptying it three times it was back to normal.


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Old 07/28/2010, 06:34 PM   #8
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Skimmer still goin nuts

Hmmm...did one 20%, and 2 small changes since Sat. eve., skimmer turned all the way down, and still goin nuts... I guess by Sat. it should stop?? If not, what, more water changes...run carbon, anything else?


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Old 07/28/2010, 07:18 PM   #9
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Everything else !!
Yes, multipe WCs will bring it back to normal. It will not hurt the tank to run the skimmer w/ out the cup on it. Before you go to bed, take the cup off. It will go back to normal, trust me--mine took ~10 days. That's why I used a diferent brand the past 2x. Skimmer did not go nuts after 2 days; however, it did go nuts for the first 2 days, and no WCs needed. I can check and see what brand I used, it did a good job.


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Old 07/29/2010, 07:06 AM   #10
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Everything else !!
That's why I used a diferent brand the past 2x. Skimmer did not go nuts after 2 days; however, it did go nuts for the first 2 days, and no WCs needed. I can check and see what brand I used, it did a good job.
Thanks for the info, yeah, I'd like to know the brand you used...don't think I'll use the ChemiClean again, unless it's a last resort...


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Thanks for the info, yeah, I'd like to know the brand you used...don't think I'll use the ChemiClean again, unless it's a last resort...
I used a fresh bag of carbon in my hob for 48 hours and my skimmer stopped going crazy.


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