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Old 05-05-2014, 08:55 PM   #11
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People sometimes tend to overlook ORP and the importance oxygen plays in our tanks, especially in relation to LED lighting and internal temperature of corals. I run a 20L without a skimmer, from a monetary standpoint, but my 90 has one, and I wouldn't do without it. Further more a skimmer doesn't remove nitrates, only thing that does that is a plant. Your skimmer removes dissolved organics, oils, acids, fats, wastes, ect.. So, its prevents a build up of a myriad of compounds, very few of which are actually "proteins." Anyways, yes I'd buy one, waste reduction and oxygen saturation. Read this: Skimming Basics 101: Understanding Your Skimmer by Frank Marini, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com
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Protein Skimmer

Here's a in depth analysis of what's in skimate:

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2010/2/aafeature

Note about 30% of the liquid was organic waste. As in uneaten food and such. In my case I feed lots of home made protein in the form of fresh fish and clams. That's why I mentioned long chain proteins as they are captured by the bubbles very effectively. It also removes a lot of other nasty stuff as you mentioned. Some that is not removed by any other filtration system and could build up. But I agree, there is little if any downside to using one that I have heard of. Maybe depleting some elements if they run too wet.

And even though I found ORP is kind of relative to your system, it is a very good way to see the trend in oxidizing or oxygen availability in the tank.
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Personally, I can determine the composition of my skimmate from a simple taste test. A sample of about a tablespoon spread on a crustini, or perhaps as a delectable pallet cleanser.

It was a really interesting read though. 26% of the sample was calcium carbonate? I want it back, save me some money.
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Yuk. Not my "cup of tea."
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