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Anyone using a skimmer for their tanks?
Advantages, disadvantages, make any difference at all?
I found a unit that draws from the surface and below so it's not only a skimmer... but I can't seem to find it quickly to mention here. I don't think I would want only a skimmer but with lots of plants... I don't know.
All opinions welcomed.
As far as i know Protein skimmers are not needed in a freshwater system. But they are required on most Salt water systems. Are you referencing to a skimmer that skims the top of the water?
Yes, I didn't consider them as in the salt water use, which are protein skimmers, just something to suck the top layer off the water. Perhaps if the filter is dumping water onto the surface it stirs it up enough that nothing stays there anyway. Still water develops a gooey layer... Perhaps it doesn't apply in a filtered aquarium.
I did use these for a period, but not now. I found that fish kept getting sucked in [I have some quite small fish in my tanks, and others spawn and fry appear]. Using a screen or mesh didn't work because the plant leaf bits that were also meant to be pulled in clogged it up. I finally took them off.
They are helpful for protein scums which can sometimes appear, but aside from this there is no advantage. And there are other ways of dealing with the protein, if it does occur, which in my case is now rare. And adjusting the filter return spraybar so it partially disturbs some of the surface will also help, though this can wreak havoc with floating plants. All my tanks have floating plants as I view these as essential.:-)
Aquarium Surface Skimmer
hmmm, for that i have no idea what would work. Maybe one of the more experienced members might have the solution to your question. Maybe a small power head pointed upwards to disturb the water? :-)
In thinking it through a little more, I think I am coming up with a solution to a problem that likely isn't really a problem in the first place.
I have been known to overly complicate things, a little gung-ho-ness goes a long way.
I use a surface skimmer and only use it for an hour when I see a film on the surface. Afterwhich I adjust the pickup float higher. They work great if one does not want to disturb the surface.
That's agood idea, use as needed. I'll probably skip the idea initially and see how it goes.
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