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Prolly a noob question, but shold my skimmate really be looking like this? This is after only 3 days. Am I over feeding or something? Seems really dark to me......

 

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When a skimmer is working well it is supposed to be dark. So your skimmer is working really well. What are some of the details of your tank? It could have a high bio-load, over feeding or just a really good skimmer.

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Its a 15 gallon tank. 2 in substrate and 2 in sand. approx 10 lbs LR, 2 skunks, 3 camels, 1 coral banded, 2 turbo snails, 2 red brittle stars, and 3-4 crabs (not sure what they are, always hiding in the LR). Currently has 1 clown (other is in QT). I feed them twice a day and run lights for 13-14 hours. Water params are good:

 

pH 8.2

NH3/NH4 0

NO2 0

NO3 2

temp 25.5 c

 

using a berlin air lift skimmer. I plan on picking up 5 more snails today (little alge problem). The skimmate didnt really have too bad of a smell, just thick and dark. Glad to see its working though ;)

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Skimate should look like that....thats a good sign

 

BTW: get rid of the camel shrimp and the coral banded shrimp they arent ref safe...

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eh? Whats not safe about them?

 

"The Rhynchocienetes uritai is generally peaceful with other tank inhabitants, but caution should be used when adding this shrimp to a reef tank. It is not considered to be reef safe, because it has a tendency to pick at colonial anemones, disc anemones, mushrooms, soft leather and other various types of polyped corals."

 

ignore the last post

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eh? Whats not safe about them?

 

"The Rhynchocienetes uritai is generally peaceful with other tank inhabitants, but caution should be used when adding this shrimp to a reef tank. It is not considered to be reef safe, because it has a tendency to pick at colonial anemones, disc anemones, mushrooms, soft leather and other various types of polyped corals."

 

ignore the last post

caution should be used

 

your using a berlin airlift? im thinking if i should get one

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Alot of people said they dont work well for them but you can see my results from a few days. It was a bit tricky to get it positioned right, and there was some collection in the tube, but overall, it skims well and is fairly inexpensive.

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