Protien Skimmer on 180G Discus tank?
I have a new 180 gallon Discus tank with a Wet/Dry filter under it. I have noticed a large amount of protein/foam on top of the water in the wet/dry. I scoop it out when it gets bad and it seems to come and go. I have a history with salt water tanks and I was wondering if a protein skimmer might be a worth wile investment? I also understand that saltwater allows for the creation of much finer bubbles than freshwater which is why they work so well in saltwater systems. I read however that they were originally created for use in freshwater systems.
SO - Does anyone use a protein skimmer on a freshwater system? Will it even work?
Thanks for the help.
i have never tried it myself but i have heard of people doing it.
if you have one laying around from a previous saltwater tank, i would set it up, if anything it could only help.
and welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the input. If I had an old one it would be there already, I may see if I can barrow one from a friend just to try it out. If I will do - I will let ya know how it works. CDC
I am looking for a skimmer as a test But I guess I am the only crazy person who has ever thought of trying this? LOL. I may be spinning my wheels here - we will see?
well i have heard of people using skimmers on freshwater. i DO NOT know if its very effective. again if anything its not going to hurt but i would hate to see you spend a couple hundred for a quality skimmer for it to be minimal.
whats your set up like now? bare bottom? how often are you doing a WC? feeding?
Well this tank is still new. Its only 6 weeks old and I havenít put the 1st Discus in it yet. This is my 2nd 180 Gal Discus tank though. Its a planted tank - I have a large section of the bottom set up as a planning area and in that section there is plated tank gravel (about 220lbs). The rest has a thin layer of standard gravel that gets vacuumed on weekly bases when I do my water changes. I use an RO system for my tank water and I am running a LARGE wet/dry with bio balls. I also have a 32W UV in service. I am feeding the clean up crew / Tetras (just for variety) once a day. I also have about UMMM call it close to 30 plants doing well for the most part. I also have a bag of Peat granules in the system. I have bin closely monitoring the water quality for the last 4 weeks and its seems to be remarkable consistent and good! I plan to add my 1st 6 or so Discus to the tank next week. I have yet to nail down the feeding regiment I will be doing for them but I need to figure it out soon! I guess thatís about all I can think of. I am looking around for a used skimmer right now at a decent price. I hope to find one soon and set it up as a test to see what will happen. If I was still in contact with my saltwater buddy's I would try to barrow one for a while but thatís just not an option for me right now. I will let you know how I make out and thanks for your replies. Feel free to offer any advice. Thanks, Arkangel77
I have heard that skimmers dont work well in fw because the suface tension is too high or low or whatever for foam to form like it does in saltwater, but I have never known anyone who actually tried it.
are you planning juvee discus? if thats the case most keep them bare bottom due to their feeding requirements and water quality needs.
I plan an skipping the younger ones and going streight to 4+ inch size fish. I am going to get a used red sea skimmer and see what happens. Thanks, Arkangel77
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