02-14-2010, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Freddy
So can I do without a protein skimmer if I have really good filtration?
I realize you are no longer doing saltwater, but I wanted to comment on this. In my opinion, if you are doing a marine tank, there is no such thing as "really good filtration" unless you have a protein skimmer. No amount of hang on filters, canister filters, trickle filters, or other man made filtration units are capable of doing what a protein skimmer does to the water. These filters are designed to do DIFFERENT things, and no matter how good they do what they are designed to do, they do not remove organic waste from the water, which is the function of a protein skimmer.