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Protein skimmer on a freshwater cichlid tank
Old 09-06-2013, 06:40 AM   #1
 
Protein skimmer on a freshwater cichlid tank

I recently acquired a 75g aquarium as well as everything required to run it as a saltwater tank. My plan is to switch my crowded Mbuna cichlids from the tank theyíre currently in (a 55g) to this one. I already have an eheim 2217 Iím running on the 55g that I plan to switch over. The 75g also came with a reef octopus HOB protein skimmer. Is there any reason I shouldnít slap that baby on there? I know protein skimmers arenít usually used on freshwater, but is that because they wonít work or do something destructive? My cichlids (mostly Kenyis) eat and poop a lot, so Iím constantly doing water changes and barely keeping up (Nitrates usually at 30 ppm no matter how many water changes I do) and I can use all the help I can get.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
 
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Very good question! I wondered the same thing because my 72g used to be a salt tank and came with a protein skimmer as well and I never threw it out. And I too have Mbuna's in there and they are poop kings! I have 2 2217's on the 72and a power head. I'd say slap it on there. I doubt it could hurt anything. Let me know if it helps at all.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
 
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Very good question! I wondered the same thing because my 72g used to be a salt tank and came with a protein skimmer as well and I never threw it out. And I too have Mbuna's in there and they are poop kings! I have 2 2217's on the 72and a power head. I'd say slap it on there. I doubt it could hurt anything. Let me know if it helps at all.
That's my plan if I don't hear anything that strenuously says otherwise.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
 
From what I understand protein skimmers are less effective in FW due to slime or surface tension differences.

But then I wouldn't really know as I don't use skimmers.

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
 
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From what I understand protein skimmers are less effective in FW due to slime or surface tension differences.

But then I wouldn't really know as I don't use skimmers.

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I wouldn't mind if it was less effective, since it would still be helping. I just don't want it to cause a fiery explosion or anything.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
 
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Lol .. Explosive when used in fresh water . Oh yea, I totally forgot about that haha KABOOOM!


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Old 09-06-2013, 03:04 PM   #7
 
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No, your tank will not implode.

I use surface skimmers on my tanks; I highly recommend them.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:43 PM   #8
 
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No, your tank will not implode.

I use surface skimmers on my tanks; I highly recommend them.
Isn't a surface skimmer different from a protein skimmer though? I thought that was just a way to drain water out of your tank into a filter.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #9
 
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I thought a surface skimmer and a protein skimmer were the same thing but a different way about getting the same thing done..I think..?? Well thats what I had always believed. Am I right?

And no. the tank will not implode. It'll just explode.
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