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Old 04-18-2008, 11:06 AM   #11
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:52 AM   #12
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Is skimmate the gunk that the skimmer collects? It sounds like it could be a brand name of a protein skimmer.

WHat is it? Just protein and doo doo and stuff? If so, do you even still need to do gravel/sand vacs in a SW tank?

Also, what does it taste like? I'm dieing to know.
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Is skimmate the gunk that the skimmer collects? It sounds like it could be a brand name of a protein skimmer.

WHat is it? Just protein and doo doo and stuff? If so, do you even still need to do gravel/sand vacs in a SW tank?

Also, what does it taste like? I'm dieing to know.
Ok for one I have never tasted it as it smells like rotten moldy pond scum mixed with sewage. LOL The protein skimmer removes Dissolved organics(skimmate) Which is fish waste, leftover food etc.. from the water and puts it in a collection cup kinda looks like motor oil. With my tank there is no longer a need to vaccum the substrate at all. The snails/conch's/Goby/Shrimp all keep my sand clean for me. And there is not really any algae growth at all since water conditions are kept prestine.
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Ok for one I have never tasted it as it smells like rotten moldy pond scum mixed with sewage. LOL The protein skimmer removes Dissolved organics(skimmate) Which is fish waste, leftover food etc.. from the water and puts it in a collection cup kinda looks like motor oil. With my tank there is no longer a need to vaccum the substrate at all. The snails/conch's/Goby/Shrimp all keep my sand clean for me. And there is not really any algae growth at all since water conditions are kept prestine.
C'mon chicken! Lol, give it a taste! Ha, ewwwwww!

I had no idea that SW tanks didn't need vac'd. How about that!

In the interests of full disclosure, my desire to have a comletely carpeted substrate is due to the fact that I hate gravel vacs. PWC's I don't mind but vacs, ugh! I soooo need a python.
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I agree on cleaning the pump. It should be cleaned annually unless more frequent maintenance is required.
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