Microbubbles and annoying collection cup! By Chuck R on 11/4/13
Chuck R wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
3 weeks ago I purchased a Midsize SkimMate Protein Skimmer for my Nuvo 38. I read the instructions and watched the instruction video on youtube and to this day there is still a large amount of microbubbles generated by this skimmer ending up in the main display.
I have tried moving the skimmer to different chambers, adding filter foam in the chamber which the skimmer resides, adjusting the skimmers height, etc and I still cannot make these bubbles go away.
Another complaint is the amount of effort it takes to remove and reattach the collection cup. When I twist the cup to remove it, the entire body of the skimmer rotates regardless of how tight I have the height adjustment screw. To reattach the collection cup, I have to undo the height adjustment screw and put a ton of pressure to get the collection cup to sit all the way in the tube.
I really like how much skimmate this protein skimmer produces and it definitely seems to help the water quality, however the microbubbles and collection cup removal and reattachment are extremely frustrating.
Not bad By Paul on 8/8/13
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
So far so good. It was easy to set up and is producing some decent skimmate. Lots of microbubbles at the beginning, but they went away after about a week, just like the instructions say. It is a little noise, but not too bad. I like it so far, but it does seem like I could break it kind of easy. Looks nice with the tank, and adjustment is easy.
Micro bubbles for a while By Sal on 7/21/13
Sal would recommend this product to a friend
The unit works. No doubt it does its job, but the micro bubbles are driving me crazy. But it works.
Holy Micro-Bubbles Batman! By n2rockets on 7/5/13
n2rockets would recommend this product to a friend
This unit nicely transforms your Reef tank into a 7-up bottle for a couple days.
I am on day 5 though and there are no more micro-bubbles! I was frightened by the reviews of others on here, but after a couple days they subsided. This unit is built extremely well and I would definitely buy it again.
My only complaint about this unit deals with the pump. The pump is very powerful and although it produces a large amount of skimmate, the protein skimmer physically has to stick high out of the water to keep it tuned properly.
When I lower the protein skimmer to a level that I like, the unit overflows even when my air intake is wide open. This is addressed by Innovative Marine in their youtube videos to adjust the height to get the proper tuning, but for my tank it sits very high off the back and looks like a smoke tower.
I would buy it again and thats why I gave it 5 stars. It produced a lot of skimmate so far and lets just say its definitely pulling waste out of the water. I noticed a clarity difference in a day. Its built well and their youtube videos demonstrate it perfectly.
Microbubbles By tacos on 6/4/13
tacos wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
2 months later and they won't go away. :(
Added filters, moved it back in the sump, asked it nicely, microbubbles persist.
Working good so far By LES on 6/1/13
LES would recommend this product to a friend
I've been running this skimmer for 3 weeks and so far I'm very happy. It started with a few micro bubbles but they're almost gone now. I'm really happy with the skimmate; it took about a week to really get going. It's easy to adjust and so far has operated very steadily not needing much fine tuning. It has a very compact footprint and was easy to adjust vertically to fit my water level.
The only thing I didn't like was the acrylic mounting bracket. The way it mounts will cause water/gunk to spill out of my sump if the collection cup overflows. I ended up cutting the bracket and reglueing it so the bracket isn't flush wit the rim of my sump.
Good skimmate By Cody on 4/18/13
Cody would recommend this product to a friend
I have only been running this protein skimmer for a couple of days now and it seems to already be producing some great skimmate. I still have a small microbubble problem, but it seems to be getting better as the days go by. Manufacturer says that the break in period is 7-14 days and then they should go away after that. So I hope that is the case!
Micro Bubbles wont stop By Paul on 3/7/13
Paul wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have been running this unit in my Nuvo 38 IM tank for about a week, have consulted with Manny at customer service at IM, set up the unit exactly as outlined, even added sponges in the adjacent chamber, adjusted the flow and height of the unit, still loaded with micro bubbles in the tank.
My tank looks like a bottle of 7 up that has been shaken vigorously.
I am not pleased at all with this product