Reef octopus essence 130 replaces Vertex IN 100

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TNTFishy, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    9B4FAC46-312F-4E66-BA06-95529DDB1147.jpeg Pump size difference huge. Vertex on left
     
  2. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    Vertex has sturdier build. Reef O much smaller footprint and quieter, but a little top heavy because of narrow base. 20 watts to 11 watts.
     

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  3. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    About 7 inches of water. Adjustment at ā€œ16ā€ per instructions. About 1 1/2 hours later bubbles made it to the cup. Large bubbles at the moment. Will check tomorrow AM.
     

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  4. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    7 hours later, bubbles settled. A little more light skimmate in cup. I turned setting to 15.
     

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  5. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    3 days later, I have it set on 10.
     

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  6. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    Any chance of running them at the same time to see which one ends up pulling the gunk?
     
  7. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    Sorry no. I think this is still breaking in. This is day 4 and the gunk is medium colored tea. Rotten egg smell. Iā€™m sure it will get better. My broken in Vertex pulled darker skimmate.

    Started it Tuesday evening, this is Sat AM cup.

    Setting it at 9 today. One click.
     

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  8. TNTFishy

    TNTFishy Guest

    So 9 went ballistic. At 12-13 setting for about a week. The old Vertex seemed to have finer bubbles to the neck. For some reason, the bubbles enlarge in the neck on this skimmer. Skimmate still medium tea.
     

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  9. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Large bubbles can sometimes signify oil. You might consider a strong vinegar scrub of that skimmer.
    Although some are normal, as small bubbles combine.

    A suggestion:
    Turn down the pump a bit. Raise water level a lot.
     

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