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well i want to start buy saying im new and hello! I just set up a 92 gal bow front corner tank. Im using a eheim systom 3 wet dry with a eheim clasic canister filter. Im using a seaclone skimmer i think thats how its said lol. I hate this skimmer! I do not have room to put it on the back and i do not have a sump. I have the skimmer in the tank in the back were i have an opening. here is what i did i had a 60 hex i set up as salt water tank a month ago. we went and got live rock last week. but one piece wich is a shelve piece realy nice wich is uncured. we set it all up last week but mind u the tank it self has been running a month. When we got the skimmer it didnt work on the 60 gal i understand bacteria hadnt built enough when we set the rock in there we finly got the skimmer working. then over the week end we transfered EVERY thing to the 92 gal tank.now the skimmer isnt working am i going to have to wait to get it foaming again? I want the best skimmer i can aford around 300.00 but i only have like and 1" to 1"1/2 from wall to tank i can put an in sump skimmer on the back like the skimmer i have now just lowering it in the tank in the back or is there a realy good skimmer that i can set on top in the back and lower the pump in the water and have it running right. I hope yall can understand all this i run on once in a while. BUt any help would be great. if i new how to post pics i would i have a realy nice pic i can post so yall can see how i have the skimmer in there. but any help is great. thanks in advance
 

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Well they make a ton of HOB skimmers. I'm assuming the skimmer you are using now is driven by an air needle? Sometimes those skimmers need to be set each time the power is cut to them. it can become a task.
 

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needle valve im not shure but it has an air vailve to increase and decrease the pump its a seaclone 100 skimmer
 

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its doing the cyclone action it seams to be functioning fine except were the riser tube is for the cup there is no foam or water going up to it all my peramiters are fine in the water so maybe not enough bac to let it foam? i have a good pic if i new how to post a pic u could see that its working but not foaming
 

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well if the cyclone is working you may have a few different issues.

Firstly it could simply be you don't have enough bacteria buildup in your main cyclone tube, furthermore the device could be taking in too much air.

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She looks pretty clean. You may just be lacking enough bacteria to really get her started.

If you think you have enough bacteria try closing the air valve a little at a time. go by this:

no foam/no water = too much air

no foam/all water = not enough air

once you get it to the point you have maybe a little foam and a little water you may be able to make micro adjustments to the needle to get it perfect :)
 

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The thing about sea-clones they need a brake in period and that sometime can take a month for it to act right. And after that you will be adjusting every other day or so to keep getting good skim mate. Two things you can try one close the value all the way and open it little by little, but this will more then likely put micro bubbles into your tank. This will take awhile. The second is find the nearest trash can and deep six it. I notice you said you were looking for one that doesn't take up much room in back of the tank. Check this out:

Prizm Deluxe Aquarium Protein Skimmers
Red Sea
Starting at: $114.99

Eliminate floating organics from your aquarium with Prizm Deluxe Protein Skimmers. These hang-on protein skimmers or sump protein skimmers include media baskets for added chemical or biological filtration, adjustable-height surface skimmers for superior protein extraction and a new inlet pipe that holds the surface skimmer cup. Designed as protein skimmers for aquariums up to 100 gallons.

I have to say I haven't used one myself, but I do have a friend that runs one on his tank as his only filtration. It work well for him, it's a well stocked 90gal mixed reef tank. I hope this helps and welcome aboard.
 

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thanks! this seaclone just started to get foam out tonight. Finly but i got dang brown alge growing now but i think i found the problume i hope lol
 

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thanks! this seaclone just started to get foam out tonight. Finly but i got dang brown alge growing now but i think i found the problume i hope lol
That's called new tank syndrome, nothing to worry about. It's diatom algae it will more then likely go away in a few days.
 

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how long do u think it will take to put a hermit crab in there?
If your water levels have come down to all o's that means no Ammonia no nitrates and no nitrates. you can go ahead and add a few, but not to many because unless you have been ghost feeding other the little bit of diatom there will be nothing for them to eat. How long has the tank been up? It looks pretty clean. Have you thought about what type of fish you want to keep? If you want to add coral down the line make sure the fish you add are reef safe and invert safe.
 

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i had my 60 gal tank set up for 1 month then over the week end we put every thing 2 including water in a 92gal. so it is cinda new im in no hurry to put fish in i want to add maybe 35 40 pounds more of live rock. but i would like a flaim angle and a coral beughty but after those 2 fish nothing but coral. but thats a long hall to get there lol. i will be asking lots of questions i keep fresh water tanks. so this is totaly fresh experiance for me. so any advice please give couse i do take it lol im getting some pritty nasty foam now out of this skimmer. my water peramitors went up in the past 2 days my nitrates and nitrites went up a little. I need to get a new sailt water test kit mine that i had came up missing! so right now im using test strips dosnt show amonia wich stinks! but will have a new one this week end.
 

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i had my 60 gal tank set up for 1 month then over the week end we put every thing 2 including water in a 92gal. so it is cinda new im in no hurry to put fish in i want to add maybe 35 40 pounds more of live rock. but i would like a flaim angle and a coral beughty but after those 2 fish nothing but coral. but thats a long hall to get there lol. i will be asking lots of questions i keep fresh water tanks. so this is totaly fresh experiance for me. so any advice please give couse i do take it lol im getting some pritty nasty foam now out of this skimmer. my water peramitors went up in the past 2 days my nitrates and nitrites went up a little. I need to get a new sailt water test kit mine that i had came up missing! so right now im using test strips dosnt show amonia wich stinks! but will have a new one this week end.
O.K. Lets start with the test kits test strips don't give you a true reading they will give you a ball park figure you need exacts API test kits are O.K. but IMO Salifert test kits are the best. For now you need to know where your PH, Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates are and in that order. 92gal. is a good water volume to work with as long as you stay on top of it, it will pay off in the long run. You will end up just like you start out. So if you start cutting corners now you will find yourself always behind the 8 ball. When you changed your tanks over you sent your system into a mini cycle and unless you get that 35 or 40 LBS. of new live rock already fully cured you may do it again. What I would do is just let the tank go after you add the new rock, and what I mean by letting it go is don't do any water changes just add top off water when needed. This will give you a good bacteria base, this is the first building block to the success of your tank. Once you have your test kits in hand, keep a running log of what your water levels are from week to week. And you can always go back and see what your tank has done from week to week. You will still have to give your skimmer time to settle in so you may still get micro bubbles for the next week or so, so no need to worry there is nothing in the tank that will be affected by this. Although you may have a PH swing but it will settle down after your skimmer is broke in. Do this and we can go on to the next step.
 

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nice! i thank u. I will be getting my kit this week end! I need to bring the salinity up a smidge. The guy at the fish store only has uncured rock right now wont have none for 2 weeks. I have one pive of uncured rock in the tank and thats the huge piece in the middle its my shelf piece. I am noticing some coraline algi on a pice that wasnt there before. I have a question what are the redish things that look like coraline algi but looks like trees there growing on a piece of figi rock in my tank.
 

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nice! i thank u. I will be getting my kit this week end! I need to bring the salinity up a smidge. The guy at the fish store only has uncured rock right now wont have none for 2 weeks. I have one pive of uncured rock in the tank and thats the huge piece in the middle its my shelf piece. I am noticing some coraline algi on a pice that wasnt there before. I have a question what are the redish things that look like coraline algi but looks like trees there growing on a piece of figi rock in my tank.
I don't want to say it's one thing and it be something else...Can you take a picture of it? I would be kinda skeptical that it would be coralline at this point because in a newly cycled tank your perimeters are not stable as of yet. Coralline need for 3 things to be working together calcium, alkalinity and magnesium. So even with fully cured rock as the tank cycles it will fade a bit until the tank stabilizes. I do have another question for you, well more like two more. First what type of lighting are you running? And how long are you running your lights? Also you said you had to bring your salinity up some. Where is it now? and what would you like to bring it up to? The reason I asked is sea water is 1.026 most fish stores keep there salinity low I mean 1.019 low to keep stuff like "ich" at bay. This will be very important for you to know when you start adding fish to your tank. The best thing to do is set up a hospital tank so you can watch them for a week or two before you add them to your main tank. Never add a fish right to your display tank. But we will get more into that later.
 

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heres what i have for lighting 1 T8 actinic blue 25watt coralife 1 reef sun 50/50 and one coralife 20,000k high intensity purified super daylight lamp 30 watt. with a reflector i can look for the brand but i also have a light i need to find out what kind it is but its high intesity one pure white and the other is an actinic bulb there the blug in bulbs not like the tubes also had 2 moon lights in it with a fan my tank lights are on like 12 hours i know its too long but i turn them on when i leave for work and then turn them off when home. I will be using timer for the salt tank. my salinity changed sence we did the move it was .024 now its .023 i want it at .026 so when i need to top off tank i will add some salt to the water wich will be RO water. i will snag a pic of the stuff tommarow. wow comming from fresh water to salt is a big dif lol even thow i still love my demonsoni sp only tank.....
 

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heres what i have for lighting 1 T8 actinic blue 25watt coralife 1 reef sun 50/50 and one coralife 20,000k high intensity purified super daylight lamp 30 watt. with a reflector i can look for the brand but i also have a light i need to find out what kind it is but its high intesity one pure white and the other is an actinic bulb there the blug in bulbs not like the tubes also had 2 moon lights in it with a fan my tank lights are on like 12 hours i know its too long but i turn them on when i leave for work and then turn them off when home. I will be using timer for the salt tank. my salinity changed sence we did the move it was .024 now its .023 i want it at .026 so when i need to top off tank i will add some salt to the water wich will be RO water. i will snag a pic of the stuff tommarow. wow comming from fresh water to salt is a big dif lol even thow i still love my demonsoni sp only tank.....
Weren't in Kansas anymore Toto...but your off to a good start. O.K. that said lets start with the salt it's O.K. to bump it now with no live stock so take a gal. of water at .023 take your salt mix and add about a 1/4 of a cup that should bring it up to about .027 add that then stop. Don't do anymore tonight. You don't want to start having your PH to swing to much. wait a day and do it again. And you'll be there. I have to pull out a road map to rap my head around your lights. I guess the best way for me to do that would be to take your total wattage and go from there. The old rule of thumb was if you had atleast 5 watts per gal. of water and you were good. I'm going to send you some more info to your mail box I have to warn you it's a lot of reading but you will have a better understanding of your lighting needs. O.K. I sent it, take your time with it and let me know what you think.
 
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