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Old 04-25-2005, 08:19 PM   #1
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Do I need a protein skimmer?

I really would like to do away with it, but how much better (honestly) is a PS rather than not having one?
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:34 PM   #2
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Do some research on this site, there are literally hundreds of threads on this discussion already. It depends what you want to keep and what other equipment/rock you will have to decide if you NEED one or not. But yes, it is absolutely better to have one!
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I personally believe that all saltwater tanks should have a skimmer system
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As an aquarist, I am a firm believer that we keep water, the fish keep them selves. That being said, we should do all we can to ensure the best possible water quality that we can. A protien skimmer will certainly help usin this endevour.
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Old 04-25-2005, 09:13 PM   #5
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Personally, i think you would need a skimmer if you're doing a reef system. Otherwise, a UV sterilizer alone with a good filter would work fine in a FOWLR system.JMO
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