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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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What is a skimmer

what is a skimmer How much should u pay forr one and were do they go

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 06:50 PM
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a protein skimmer is a contraption used to filter out unwanted material from water via bubbles. most skimmers are run by a wooden air stone difusser & air pump. it removes all the bad stuff from your water, into the bubbles, and into a collection cup or box. there are many, some internal and some external. personally i use a red sea berlin airlift type of skimmer. its not the best, probabaly illegal in fishy laws(lol), but it gets the job done.. i see others though, with skimmers up to $300 and their tank is as healthy as can be.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 08:58 PM
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a protein skimmer is a contraption used to filter out unwanted material from water via bubbles. most skimmers are run by a wooden air stone difusser & air pump. it removes all the bad stuff from your water, into the bubbles, and into a collection cup or box. there are many, some internal and some external. personally i use a red sea berlin airlift type of skimmer. its not the best, probabaly illegal in fishy laws(lol), but it gets the job done.. i see others though, with skimmers up to $300 and their tank is as healthy as can be.

Nowadays most skimmers use a pump and it draws air in creating airbubbles. THe depris in the water attachs to the air bubbles which like stated is pushed up to a collection and either collects there or follows a tube to a collection bucket. No how much you should pay for one is up to the user. But remember the expensive ones give better results. They can run any were between $100-$3500 and even more probaly. Now were they go, there are your hag on the back types that arent that good. They hang right on the back of the main tank. Then you have ones that will go right in the sump tank and skims the water there. And Last the nice skimmers that are to tall to fit in either tank and will be placed next to the display tank or anywhere the user decides and water is pumped from the tank to the skimmer itself. THese models I havent really seen in home aquaruims but all LFS will be useing these to skims most of there salty tanks.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-02-2007, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cup

When should the cup be emptied and how will u know when it should be emptied
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-02-2007, 07:43 PM
You can empty it when ever you want. There is no time line on empting the cup.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-17-2008, 02:12 PM
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I have a 12 gallon nano tank with a clown fish..Do you think a skimmer is recomended.. And if so, Which one should I get??
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