Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-13-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 30
Exclamation Does Skimming Remove Calcium?

I have always wanted to know if there is the possibility that the protein skimmer could be removing the calcium and other nutrient supplements from your water? I just added calcium supplement and an amino acid supplement for my corals, and I don't know if it is just my imagination but my skimmer seems to be producing more foam bubbles and more skimmate within the hour that I dosed. Could my protein skimmer be removing my corals' nutrients? Should I turn my skimmer off for a day or so after dosing?
(P.S. Don't ask what my calcium level is because I temporarily do not have the test kit for calcium. I just follow the dosage directions on the bottle.)

quaqa88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Charlton, MA
Posts: 544
Don't dose without testing first. If biology serves me right, Amino acids are proteins. Thus like any protein, they can be skimmed out. After dosing an hour of no skimming should be enough.

AMDPhenomX4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Calcium... not really. Aminos and other "food"... yup. If you're feeding your corals, it's best to leave the skimmer off for a couple hours or you're just dumping money down the drain.
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
cabezon's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
I have the skimmer on the timer with the daytime lights. then I can feed the corals after they shut off, at "night" when they normally feed. that's also when I dose calcium, so the cloudyness doesn't get noticed.
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
thincat's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
How many corals do you have that you have to dose Calcium?
Happy Reefing,
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote

calcium, coral, protein, skimmate, skimmer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Over Skimming 2revup Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 10-20-2006 09:35 PM
Alkalinity and Calcium HIGH Calcium reactor not hooked up ye doughboydj Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 05-29-2005 12:35 PM
will carbon remove calcium?? supermarvin76 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 03-09-2005 06:11 PM
Still have to dose calcium with a calcium reactor? limitup Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 09-08-2004 08:48 AM
best way to add calcium kalk or calcium reactor? pomme Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 12-02-2003 08:26 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.