How to swap skimmers

Thor2j

Member
So I ordered a new skimmer. What's the best way to "break in " new skimmer?? I know u are supposed to run it wide open for a few weeks but I need it to skim.

Maybe a vinegar/water bath for a while?

Thanks

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calbert0

New member
Step 1: Take old skimmer out.
Step 2: Put new skimmer in.
Step 3: Turn new skimmer on.

You might experience water/bubbles overflowing the collection cup at first, but it will break itself in and start pulling gunk out of your water column within a few days. My Reef Octopus had a half cup of skimmate within 24 hours. Good luck. Please post results!
 

Pablos RSM 450

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So I ordered a new skimmer. What's the best way to "break in " new skimmer?? I know u are supposed to run it wide open for a few weeks but I need it to skim.

Maybe a vinegar/water bath for a while?

Thanks

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I have tried the traditional way of letting it overflow until it breaks in, and also runing it in 50/50 water and distilled vinegar. I have found out that running it in the vinegar solution helps it break in faster. I now let any new skimmer run for a few hours in water and vinegar then rinse it in some RODI water before installing in the sump. I have seen results vary from a few hrs to a few days but still better than having it overflow for days or weeks.
 

scooter31707

New member
Get a 5 gallon bucket to put the new skimmer in. I like to put some vinegar in the bucket along with some ro/di water to get off some of the oily residue. Then I will put some saltwater in the bucket and begin the break-in period. Once broke in, make the switch.
 
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