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Hydroid
06-06-2014, 08:59 PM
The sedra 3500 on my ASM G2 took a dive today and I won't have money to replace it till next Friday so with that and what ever shipping time.

What are the repercussions of no skimmer for a couple weeks?

Should I cut back on feeding for the duration?

lsaint
06-06-2014, 09:16 PM
I would say to do more WC.

charleshardy5
06-06-2014, 10:02 PM
I have been running skimmerless for 2 days now myself... By choice though. And haven't slowed my feedings down either. I guess as long as your fish eat what you put in the tank maybe you'd be good. Your live rock and if you have a fuge provide a pretty amazing filtration system of their own

BRuby
06-06-2014, 10:20 PM
I didn't have a skimmer for the first 10 in the hobby.

charleshardy5
06-06-2014, 10:23 PM
Did you manually skim with newspaper though? Old man style?

Hydroid
06-06-2014, 10:37 PM
I do have a fuge it's fairly new though added it to system couple months ago. I also have a fiter sock think ill clean it out more often while skimmer is down.

kmellon
06-07-2014, 12:25 AM
I ran for almost a year without a skimmer. It really depends upon your bio load.

Levi
06-07-2014, 08:00 AM
Did you manually skim with newspaper though? Old man style?

Hahaha

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coach
06-07-2014, 09:02 AM
My 2 cents, it depends on the coral you are trying to keep too. If you have an sps dominate tank it probably isn't a good idea to go long without a skimmer. Whereas some other corals can tolerate dirtier water.

Hydroid
06-07-2014, 09:33 AM
I have only lps and soft coral. Four fish medium to small in size.

I haven't been getting very much in the collection cup in the last few weeks but the could have been the pump getting weaker as it died

I've been researching replacement pump and I'm getting mixed reviews about the sedra pump that came with the skimmer. what is everyone's opinion on them? And does anyone know of a deferent brand that will work on an ASM G2 without a lot of major re-plumbing?

Sharkboy99999
06-10-2014, 12:45 AM
I think Brain doesn't even run a skimmer and does a wc ever week . On my 30g I have no skimmer and wc ever 3 weeks . I did do it ever week but there was no difference at 3 weeks it started But at 1 month and a week the pram started changing


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Levi
06-10-2014, 08:49 AM
DC 6000 maybe?

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Hydroid
06-10-2014, 12:32 PM
DC 6000 maybe?

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Isn't that a jebao pump I though they haven't released needle wheel versions yet

Levi
06-10-2014, 12:55 PM
You can buy the waveline needle wheels as its the same pump

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Hydroid
06-10-2014, 04:21 PM
Awesome if didn't know they were interchangeable! I'd rather have the dc motor they run much cooler.

Hydroid
06-10-2014, 05:16 PM
Any idea were you can get the waveline needle wheel? I'm havering trouble finding them and How to tell if its the right generation