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Old 07-03-2010, 10:12 AM   #11
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skimmers aren't there to do that,whats your setup
umm, yes they are. not as effective as manual removal however. i would blow them off like you are doing with the powerhead, just before the water change. take out as much as you can with the change.
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umm, yes they are. not as effective as manual removal however. i would blow them off like you are doing with the powerhead, just before the water change. take out as much as you can with the change.
The question was what is the best way to remove detritus from lr,using a ph and hoping the skimmer will remove the large pieces isn't the best way,manually is with pwc or cuc,this is what I was getting at.
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skimmers aren't there to do that
why are skimmers there then?
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why are skimmers there then?
All skimmers have key features in common: water flows through a chamber and is brought into contact with a column of fine bubbles. The bubbles collect proteins and other substances and carry them to the top of the device where the foam, but not the water, collects in a cup. Here the foam condenses to a liquid, which can be easily removed from the system. The material that collects in the cup can range from pale greenish-yellow, watery liquid to a thick black tar.Protein skimming removes certain organic compounds, including proteins and amino acids, by using the polarity of the protein itself. Due to their intrinsic charge, water-borne proteins are either repelled or attracted by the air/water interface and these molecules can be described as hydrophobic (such as fats or oils) or hydrophilic (such as salt, sugar, ammonia, most amino acids, and most inorganic compounds).
protein skimmers are designed mainly for molecules,I never said they wern't used to remove detritus but the best way to remove it from LR is manually,pwc and cuc
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I never said they wern't used to remove detritus
yes, you did say they "aren't there to do that".

FYI, the best way to remove excess nutrients is not more eating, pooping, critters. they don't remove anything.
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