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Re: Orca T-450 help needed

Subject: Re: Orca T-450 help needed
by Goldnugget on 2011/9/22 20:51:17

It's worth bearing in mind that you'll get very little skimate out of a brand new setup in the early days, so don't pull your hair out if you're not getting much performance out of your skimmer.

Make sure it's positioned correctly so that any bubbles produced are coming roughly half way up the collection cup neck.

See how you go in the short term, mid to long term you will probably want to replace the stock skimmer as to be honest it's quite poor.

I'd suggest buying a better water quality test kit, the 5 in 1 test strips are notoriously inaccurate and marine keeping is all about the detail. Salifert test kits for each individual compound are a good investment (start off with NH4, NO2, NO3, PO4, pH, further down the line you'll want to invest in some additional test kits which cover KH and Ca, Mg etc it you're thinking about keeping corals).

Hope that helps