09-06-2013, 07:40 AM
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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.