Solana Aquarium Frequently Asked Questions

What type/style of aquarium can I keep with the Solana?

The Solana’s filtration and design is ideal for saltwater aquariums, including reef systems where highly efficient protein skimming is desired. The Solana is also perfect for freshwater systems including planted aquariums.

Why is the enclosed filtration media floating inside the biological chamber of the Solana?

Air pockets inside thebags of carbon and Nano-Ball filtration media may cause the media to float initially. This will not affect the performance of the media in any way, however the media will eventually settle down.

There is no waste collection in my skimmer’s cup.

There are a number of different reasons this could occur. Make sure the pump is operating-if necessary remove from the protein skimmer and disassemble the impeller portion to make sure it is free of debris. Make sure that the airline attached to the venturi section of the recirculating pump is out of the water and that the airline hose is not kinked-it may be necessary to blow through the hose in case a small amount of debris is clogging it. Use a paperclip to remove any calcium or salt buildup in any of the hose connections. Make sure the salinity is between 1.021 and 1.025-the protein skimmer will not work with freshwater or brackish water aquaria. On aquaria with low fish/invertebrate populations or those with excessive filtration there may not be enough waste present to generate consistent foam production. Adjust the level of the collection cup so that the bottom edge of the funnel is 1/8” to 1/4” below the water line inside the protein skimmer. Make small adjustments every 24 hours until the desired foam or skimmate quality is achieved.

Micro-Bubbles are escaping from Protein Skimmer into the aquarium

Use of the pre-filter pad will help reduce bubbles that escape from the protein skimmer chamber from passing into the aquarium. As salinity increases, the tension of the water increases, holding the bubbles in suspension longer. Reduce the salinity to between 1.021 and 1.025. Such additives can increase the tension of the water, causing the bubbles to stay in suspension longer. Disable the protein skimmer to allow additives to work, then allow protein skimmer to collect clear liquid in the collection cup and if necessary use activated carbon to help remove the additives. Stirred up organics or conditioners found in salt mixes can increase the tension of the water. Allow the protein skimmer to collect clear liquid in the collection cup and if necessary use activated carbon to help remove the organics or conditioners.

The liquid collecting inside the collection cup is very clear and wet, not dark like I’m told it should be

On a new system or after a water change the skimmer will 1st remove conditioners and additives from the aquarium, which will be clear in color. It can take up to 2 weeks for the skimmer to produce a dark, “dry” foam or skimmate. Adjust the level of the collection cup so that the bottom edge of the funnel is 1/8” to 1/4” below the water line inside the protein skimmer. Make small adjustments every 24 hours until the desired foam or skimmate quality is achieved. The skimmer will 1st remove conditioners, additives and medications from the aquarium, which will be clear in color. It can take up to 2 weeks for the skimmer to produce a dark, “dry” foam or skimmate.

There is no water movement inside the viewing portion of the Solana

Make sure the pump is operating-if necessary remove from the pump and disassemble the impeller portion to make sure it is free of debris. Make sure that the adjustable return nozzle is positioned so that there is adequate circulation covering the entire aquarium.

The water level inside the viewing portion of the Solana is too high-water is possibly dripping down the outside of the Solana from the location of the suspension clips (V)

Ensure that the water level inside the filtration section of the Solana does not go higher than the water Top Off Plate-the water level will automatically adjust inside the viewing section. Use a small brush to remove debris or algae from the grooves that will prevent the water from free-flowing into the pre-filter sponge and filtration section. Remove and rinse off the pre-filter sponge.

The water level inside the filtration section is too low even after replacing the Top Off container

Adjust the water level and salinity by adding appropriate water type/salinity. Check the water level in the Top Off containers daily to anticipate the time required for replacing the water in the Top Off system to maintain a consistent water level and salinity.

Can I place a chiller in the Solana system?

Yes. Please visit our website’s ‘Hot Tips’ section for instructions on adding a chiller to your Solana system.

Water is leaking over the top of my Solana. How can I get it to stop?

The surface skimmer where water enters the filtration section may be partially clogged, increasing the water level in the main aquarium. Make sure the grooves of the surface skimmer are completely clean so that water flows freely into the filtration section. This can also occur if the outlet nozzles from the pump are pointed at the water surface, creating waves that can lap water over the edge of the aquarium.

The water level in the protein skimmer is too high and the collection cup is filling up with water

The section of the protein skimmer where the nano-balls are may have trapped debris or detritus, or the sponge that sits in this section is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Remove and clean (or replace) the sponge and ensure the nano balls are evenly distributed throughout the chamber and that there is no debris blocking the water path.

My return pump is blowing bubbles back into the aquarium-what is the problem?

The aquarium needs to have water added to it or the filter pads are dirty, preventing the water from flowing through the system smoothly.

Can I replace the protein skimmer in the aquarium with a different protein skimmer?

The skimmer used in the Solana and Cardiff aquariums is a very efficient skimmer and designed specifically to work with this filtration system. Other skimmers may not work with this system or adversely affect the water quality in the aquarium.

Is there a frame kit available for the Solana?

Yes, they are listed above in the specifications chart.

I have an HQI pendant over my Solana Aquarium. How far off the glass should I keep the pendant?

The base of the pendant should be kept a minimum of 6″ off the top of the glass top to avoid damaging the glass top.