I have created this page to make it easier for people to find fixes and mods for their Coralife Super Skimmers. I went thru all of the Reef Central post , and took out sections that I thought were useful. I have moved the pictures to be hosted off my server since I cant direct link to RC Gallery pics. Here is how I have mine setup for about a week, while I finish my sump. Skimmate 36hrs.
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I have created this page to make it easier for people to find fixes and mods for their Coralife Super Skimmers. I went thru all of the Reef Central post , and took out sections that I thought were useful. I have moved the pictures to be hosted off my server since I cant direct link to RC Gallery pics. Here is how I have mine setup for about a week, while I finish my sump. Skimmate 36hrs. For all you people with extra microbubbles or collection cup overflows, a fellow Canadian reefer emailed Coralife about their problem.
Here is their response, which might be helpful. I found that this was my problem when I setup my Thank you, for your most recent purchase of our Coralife Super Skimmer. We are sorry to hear about your experience with our product. It does sound like the skimmer is not set up properly though. The way you wrote your email I understand that you are probably having water come out the air vent on top of the output tubing.
If this is the case it sounds as if the bubble trap is not set up properly. Make sure your black sponge is on top and the white sponge is on the bottom. What was happening is the skimmer had back pressure on the outlet hose. Since protein skimmers are not pressurized system the only way for water to get out is through the collection cup.
That is probably why you where having problems. The other item we include with the model 65 Super Skimmer is a flow control valve. If the outlet is set up properly and you are still having problems attach the flow valve to the outlet of the water pump and valve it back a little. Is your output tubing under water? If so that could be some of the problem. The only way for water to go into the collection cup is because the output has back pressure on it and its not able to get rid of the water going in the unit.
The only other problem I can think of is if you do not have the tubing going out and down right away this will also cause back pressure. The output tubing can not run horizontally.
Otherwise if none of this is the problem then you can either return it to the company you bought it from or return it to us for a replacement. Yes cut the tube and place the pump as near to the surface as possible.
Everything deeper than 2 inch is too deep. I bet that the water level in you tank is very high?? Only about inch below where the skimmer is mounted. Keep in mind that the minimum water level inside the skimmer is at least at same hight as in your tank no matter how open the valve is.
If your skimmer is still overflowing when you set up the pump, try to reduce the pump by placing a small pvc fitting inside the tube of the pump. I guess that you have a RIO or so running on that skimmer?? This pump is too strong when you have very high water level in your tank even if you open the valve completely it is not enough to drain the skimmer. Ive done away with the flex tube on mine and added a gate valve and bigger vent on the output this seemed to help greatly skims more consistent!
Wet or dry skimming is preference I think. Most folks with bare-bottom tanks generally wet skim. The skimmate is lighter in color, not as smelly but you get a lot of it. Dry skimming will produce dark, foul smelling skimmate. But less of it. Wet skimming is generally considered to be better in that you are taking more out in the long run at a faster rate, however you are also wasting a little more water as the skimmate is not as thick and condensed.
I did cut the flexible output tube a bit so it can fit a little better in the bubble diffuser box. Try not to have that output tube go below the water line. If you do that, it will make the skimmer level pulse or cavitate a bit. I did replace that white filter with some of that blue cut to size filter pad that you can get at Petsmart.
The white filter clogs up easily and causes to make the water level in the bubble diffuser to overflow. I also drilled out that little hole on the output tube a little bigger. As of last week, I put some carbon in the diffuser box to see if this was going to be a problem.
It has been working great so far. So, the bubble diffuser box is a good place to put carbon in. Several people, including Anthony Calfo, suggest keeping the skimmer pump as close to the surface as possible.
I got my pump about 2 inches below the sump waterline directly under the overflow hose output. Since the skimmer is an up, over and down feed, try to have the pump as high to the sump surface level as you can.
I have my pump about 2 inches from the water line. I have been reading and getting some pms from you CSS users about the splashing noise and microbubbles in the tank. SO, i thought about it and did some minor mods to the CSS. Its pretty significant though. Heres what you need. You WILL need the cap or it will be really loud.
So not only it reduce SOME noise and bubbles, it also eliminated that big diffuser box that everybody loves. Ive only got this setup for 1 hour so I am not sure how performance will affect it. I noticed that the venturi had collected quite a bit of calcium. Cleaned it out and the skimmer started working wonderfully again. Later i did a gate vale mod on mine made adjusting much easier let me know if are interested in how i did that and i will let you know.
I also changed out the filter media that come with the diffuser and replace it with a black sponge that is a just little finer not fine and it solve the microbubble issue and an airline where the little knob at the return at and it stopped the sucking sound.
First, your skimmer really will need some time to break in properly. The manufacturing oils left on the plastic are detrimental to the operation of the skimmer and need to be dissolved before it will start operating properly. Under normal operation this can take hours. You can reduce this time by running it through the dishwasher not the pump!! This is far too deep to get proper bubble production.
This will cause more air to be drawn into the venturi and increase bubble production. Cut the flexible output tube so that it is NOT submerged in the water. The stock tube is too long and it reaches it all the way to the bottom of the diffuser box, causing massive back-pressure and tons of bubbles to flow into the tank. Cut it so the end extends just into the bubble diffuser sponge which should be slightly above the waterline anyway.
Along with tip 3, your output tube should extend into the sponge, but not below the water level in the center hole. This will prevent bubbles from flowing over the top of the sponge and into the tank. Got back-pressure problems or water literally shooting out of the output vent hole? Drill out the hole so that more air can escape from the tube. You can also slice the nub off entirely and drill out the hole that way. This is a great skimmer for the cost, but it does require some attention to get it working properly.
Make small adjustments to the red knob and wait and see how your adjustments affect skimmate production. Have the skimmer pump as high as you can.
Somebody correct me if Im wrong, but try to maximize flow in the main tank. I think increasing flow helps push up all that gunk up into the overflow and sucked up by the skimmer. Have your skimmer pump as close as you can to the overflow output. Okay, next tip is not a sump use tip.
If used as a HOT, try to maintain the water level in the main tank constant. During the summer days, evaporation rate is gonna be pretty high. An auto top off can cure that. Also having a sump leaves the water level in the main tank constant just make sure you check the water level in the sump daily. Give it a while to settle down could be 2 weeks. Have the skimmer pump about inches below water. I have mine right next to the overflow intake and it is skimming some really dark nasty stuff.
I had mine unleveled and it leaked at the adjustment knob and didnt skim. I then made sure it was level hanging off the back of the sump. If you have it in sump mabye try to have it hang off the back. The valve fits between the pump and the clean tubing but is not necessary unless you are getting too much flow from the return.
If you just installed it, set the foam level really low for a couple of days. It could take up to 48 hours depending how well you rinsed it. Once you see some skimmate, raise the level a bit.
Modifing the Coralife Super Skimmer CSS
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