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Protein Skimmer Freshwater Tank (Do I need it?)

external protein skimmerHaving a Protein Skimmer in Freshwater Tank does not serve any extra function although it doesn’t hurt to have one. It is a waste removal system designed primarily only for saltwater aquarium whereby enhanced surface tension of the water will lead to formation of smaller air bubbles which is the key to the whole set up. Generally the main purpose is to get all the protein and other soluble organic compound attracted to the air bubbles and then float to the top whereby the collected materials will be forced out through a disposal cup and then clean water returns back to the system.

Basically, the smaller the air bubbles the larger the surface area is, which means that more waste can be removed from the system. Furthermore, small air bubbles will take longer to travel to the surface and this will allow more time for it to collect the waste material. Therefore back to the question whereby, does freshwater tank benefit from having protein skimmer? The answer is definitely NO because the water itself does not create that kind of surface tension to allow formation of these fine air bubbles.

Learn the tricks to having successful marine tank:
» Right Way to Set Up your Saltwater Tank
» Populating Marine Coral Tank
» Saltwater Fish Disease and Treatment



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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