Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community Archives > More Forums > Reef Club Forums > West Region-Reef Club Forums > Southern California Reefers

 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01/09/2008, 10:47 AM
OC CJ OC CJ is offline
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Long Beach
Posts: 680
Can algae in skimmer body affect performance?

hey guys, i was messing around in my sump last night and happened to stick my head way in there and notice a lot of algae build up on the backside of the skimmer body, closests to my fuge light. there is a lot of algae inside the skimmer.

i'm sure it doesn't help but can that affect performance? if so i'll pull it out this weekend and give it a good cleaning.

thanks,
CJ
  #2  
Old 01/09/2008, 10:52 AM
SteveOhh SteveOhh is offline
Fantasy Coral
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Whittier, CA
Posts: 2,436
If it creates any type of resistance preventing the water or bubbles reaching the neck, then yes, it's affecting performance. IMO the transistion from where the water level stops & bubbles rise is the miost important part to keep clean. That & the neck!!!!

Last edited by SteveOhh; 01/09/2008 at 11:01 AM.
  #3  
Old 01/09/2008, 10:54 AM
wishntoboutside wishntoboutside is offline
Reef slave
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Riverside
Posts: 1,022
one of my skimmers gets coated with coraline algea every few months i clean it out and i do notice improved perfomance afterwords.
  #4  
Old 01/09/2008, 12:15 PM
sharkdude sharkdude is offline
Reef Joker
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Posts: 3,528
Send a message via Yahoo to sharkdude
yeah, you may want to use some duct tape or something to block light to that part of skimmer so its doesn't grow too much algae.
__________________
Sharkdude
  #5  
Old 01/09/2008, 05:20 PM
OC CJ OC CJ is offline
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Long Beach
Posts: 680
well, i guess it's getting a good scrubbing this weekend then. maybe i'll find some black vinal sticker and put that on the back half of the skimmer.

that shouldn't be a problem in the water should it?
  #6  
Old 01/09/2008, 05:26 PM
five.five-six five.five-six is offline
Premium Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Anaheim, California
Posts: 2,148
Quote:
Originally posted by wishntoboutside
one of my skimmers gets coated with coraline algea every few months i clean it out and i do notice improved perfomance afterwords.
are you cleaning the pump at the same time? I would suspect that might have more influance. I have noticed the same thing but do not know if it is the pump or the chamber

by the way, just set it up in your kitchen sink or a bucket with ~ 5:1 vinegar solution and let it run for a few hours, what is left will just wipe off. make sure to get all the calcium out of the venturi
__________________
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them G.Washington
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef Central Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2009