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Bubble magus NAC QQ

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Hopefully, somebody can help me with this. I received the Bubble Magus NAC QQ protein skimmer today. This is probably a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway. What do I do with the little plastic piece that looks like a tooth pick? I'm not sure where this fits into the skimmer. I can post a pic if needed. Thanks.

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Is that part of the pump? It disassembles easily enough, but I don't a similar looking piece. I'll attach a pic.

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Yep. Definitely looks like an impeller shaft. You will have to open the pump intake and pull out the impeller assembly to see it, but I think this one is just a spare.

 

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Let me know how you like this skimmer. I am less than impressed with my AquaticLife 115 mini skimmer and going with external fuge/sump, so a better skimmer is on my list of things to spend money on :)

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Yep. Definitely looks like an impeller shaft. You will have to open the pump intake and pull out the impeller assembly to see it, but I think this one is just a spare.

 

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The impellar shaft that comes preinstalled in the pump is made of metal. I replaced it with the ceramic one as seen in this pic. So...metal vs ceramic. Are there any pros or cons to using either one?

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the metal ones tend to rust they are normally steel or cheap grade stainless steel and dont last that long. one also wants to avoid metals in the tank ( unless titanium or high grade stainless)

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Let me know how you like this skimmer. I am less than impressed with my AquaticLife 115 mini skimmer and going with external fuge/sump, so a better skimmer is on my list of things to spend money on :)

 

+1 and off topic but I agree

 

115 Mini was a waste of money IMO. Skimmer upgrade coming this week- AquaMaxx HOB-1 :)

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the metal ones tend to rust they are normally steel or cheap grade stainless steel and dont last that long. one also wants to avoid metals in the tank ( unless titanium or high grade stainless)

 

Thanks. That makes sense.

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