Coralife Super Skimmer

i_luv_dory

New member
We have the model for 65 gallons. Bubbles inside the skimmer = yes. but, Bubbles are flowing like crazy into the aquarium. That wasnt happening yesterday. Any help would be greatly appreciated.:confused:
 

D to the P

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It usually is a problem with hang on the back skimmers like this one. They give you this big bulky bubble diffusion box, and it can't even do it's job! I would try adjust the bubble diffusion box. Sometimes you just need a little tweak like moving it up or down; out of the water, or into the water etc.
I would check around to see if anyone has any modifications for that skimmer that may help out your situation, if you can't just fix it by adjust the box.
 

A.VOID

Premium Member
You're probably hosed with this model as a hang on for bubbles >>> Been there and it always gave me some bubbles. Even after I used it in the sump. Works fine as a skimmer though.

However, check the outlet hose. Make sure it is cut so that it's 1-2" from the bottom of the return/ disperser box (or whatever it's called)
 

sharky's machin

New member
I changed my diffusion box for a sock. It cut down on my bubble problem significantly. Then I got a sump and moved it all to my sump- even better.
 

pmeninger

New member
Along with all this also try and make the black sponge instert raise out of the top of the diffusion box. Be sure to secure the white filter pad to all corners of the diffusion box.
 

otrlynn

Active member
I have this skimmer too. It seems to do the job but it is sort of finicky. As A.VOID said, make sure that there is at least an inch between the outlet hose and the filter at the bottom of the bubble diffuser box. Make sure that the top of the diffuser box is above the suface of the water (I think the directions say about 1/4" above the water). Also pull out the shaped black sponge/filter and the flat white filter from the bubble diffuser box and rinse them out well. If you were not having this problem yesterday though, what has changed? If you blew off the rocks or used reef epoxy to glue down frags, the skimmer will go a bit crazy with bubbles for a day or two. Even something like having hand lotion on your hand and accidently putting your hand in the tank can cause a lot of extra bubbles. Just FYI, after I do tank cleaning and maintenance, I usually have to dial back the skimmer for a day or two.
 

abulgin

Premium Member
Honestly, the Coralife is a piece of crap. I can almost promise you that you will eventually spend the money on a better skimmer. A SS was my first skimmer--I bought it before I knew much/did any research. I regretted that purchase almost as much as I regretted buying a 4x54W HO T5 fixture for my 110g with no individual reflectors. I eventually got smart and purchased an AquaC EV-180. No more floods, no more microbubbles, no more worrying about the water level in the sump . . . and a lot more skimmate. As one famous inventor once said . . . "Set it and forget it."
 

otrlynn

Active member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12879243#post12879243 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by abulgin
Honestly, the Coralife is a piece of crap. I can almost promise you that you will eventually spend the money on a better skimmer. A SS was my first skimmer--I bought it before I knew much/did any research. I regretted that purchase almost as much as I regretted buying a 4x54W HO T5 fixture for my 110g with no individual reflectors. I eventually got smart and purchased an AquaC EV-180. No more floods, no more microbubbles, no more worrying about the water level in the sump . . . and a lot more skimmate. As one famous inventor once said . . . "Set it and forget it." [/QU

Abulgin, as much as respect your expertise and the advice you have given to me and to others, your "piece of crap" comment is really not helpful to someone who already has a Corallife skimmer and is trying to deal with a problem. As much as I love this site (and I spend too many hours here) one thing that bothers me a little bit is the assumption that everyone has unlimited funds and can afford to upgrade to the best and biggest. Some of us are trying to make the best of what we have.
 

timschmidt

Premium Member
I got rid of that box and just ran some flexible tubing to put the output of my coral life to the left of my bubble trap in my sump and I don't have any issue with micro-bubbles anymore. I agree that this skimmer that we have is not the best, but anything is better than nothing. It pulls out skim mate (quite a bit and smelly at that) I just tweaked my bubble level and I run a bit dry on the skimmer. Also someone suggested that maybe putting super glue around the air intake tubing to help our skimmer work a bit better.
 

aslavatortin

New member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12862172#post12862172 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sharky's machin
I changed my diffusion box for a sock. It cut down on my bubble problem significantly. Then I got a sump and moved it all to my sump- even better.

+1, I did this and have no more problems
 
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