There you go chops, told you someone would come along and help more :) actually jim if you have a look at the screw underneath the overflow box it does actually adjust the amount the water flows down into the marysis system it narrows the piping, if you can get high enough to look that is... and If you have already had a go at pouring it into the marysis directly (which I did and got it up to the maximum level and it did not help the micro bubbles) then you could have a go at pouring it straight into the tank from the top. Jim had the same issue as me that the skimmer works better over a period of weeks. Hope you get it sorted chops :)
You are encountering exactly the same problems as I had when I first got the tank. Don't worry about the protein skimmer for now, out of curiousity how much live rock have you got in your tank? and when you purchased it was it cured or uncured? My protein skimmer hardly produced anything when I first had the tank as it had nothing to skim for 4 weeks until I transferred my fish over from my previous tank. That may be why you are having the same problem as it has not got alot to skim. I would not worry for now. hmmm interesting about your micro bubbles, well at the back of your overflow box right underneath it is a screw which you can turn and it opens up the tube in the overflow box. Try and have a mess around with that, if not drain some of your water out of your marysis and pour the water directly into the top of the tank (if you have not already tried this). In terms on messing with the filter whilst the power is still running it is probably not advisable lol. If you are just doing a quick change of the filter pads/carbon then I am sure turning off the power would be ok. I just dont like doing it incase it kills anything off as it takes me a good 20 minutes to do so.
I am no expert so I am sure that someone will come along and help you more, it will get sorted so do not worry.
I can answer your question to the micro bubbles as I had a nightmare with this when i first had the tank. Check the overflow box and see the rate that it is going into your marysis filter system, you can adjust it, make sure it is fully open. Then check your level of the marysis if it is lower than the minimum then thats why your getting micro bubbles you need to top it up. By doing this pour your RO straight into the top of the tank and you will slowly see it rise and the micro bubbles shall disappear! Don't worry about the tank when you turn it off as it wont overflow as thats what the overflow box is there for when a power cut happens. So dont worry I keep mine on whilst im doing my carbon/filter wool change as I can get to it easily.
I havent been online for a while, I come back and the aquamarine 900 thread has 21 pages wooahhhh! I am glad more people are deciding to buy this particular tank. Yeh there has been a few problems with it to begin with but I must admit mine is running like a dream! I now have 4 fishes in my tank and some more corals. I wish people would put pictures up!! pictures are definately needed
Hi Everyone! I hope the tanks are going well, sorry havent been on for a while been busy had my graduation etc. I took a couple of pics awhile ago of my tank (the quality of the pictures are shocking!) My boyfriends getting his new camera in the next couple of days so I will take some better quality pictures with it to show you! Because I dont think it shows the true colours of my pride and joy haha.
Here is a full view shot, I've built a bridge (which you cant actually see here):
And here is the moonlights on my lovely zoa:
I really will have to take the pics with a better camera, shocking!!!