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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #613

> Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 07:42:52 -0600
> From: "Beard, Kelly" <KBeard at comdata_com>
> Subject: Protein Skimmers
> I am curious about protein skimmers that are used in the marine-end of the
> hobby.  I understand that they collect dissolved waste in the water before
> bacteria get a chance to break it all down to nitrates.  Why aren't these
> used in the freshwater hobby more?  I'd like to try one on my 75 gallon, but
> if it causes significant CO2 loss, well then...
> Kelly Beard, Cat IV, Team Allanti
> President, Allanti Cycling Club - http://www.allanti.com 
> I/T, IBM Global Services

  Protien skimmers don't work in fresh water because there isn't enough
dessolved minerals in the water.  In salt water tanks, the skimmer creates a
foam which is where the organics are removed to and this foam is then
replaced, usually ever other day.

   JJ  JJ