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Old 11-10-2003, 06:49 PM   #11
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by the way i do not have a skimmer. as far as a ph goes, do i need a big one? or can i get a little one since all i'd be using it for is a little water circulation and surface tension?
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:55 PM   #12
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Do you have a hang on tank filter?

IMO, the more circulation you have in your tank, the better.
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:27 PM   #13
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i have a hang on tank filter. still dont understand how a skimmer helps control salt.
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A skimmer doesn't control salt creep. However, it oxygenates the water VERY well as a byproduct of stripping the Dissolved Organic Compounds (and some people think Volatile Organic Compounds as well).

However, it doesn't cause air bubbles to pop at the top of your water like an airstone does. You would be able to get rid of your airstone. The lack of splashing will really lower the amount of salt creep. (And owning a skimmer is a great insurance policy IMO).
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As the skimmer adds very small air bubbles to do its job of trapping proteins and stuff, it also adds air into your water. This will let you take out the air stones and should give you good oxygenation in your tank. Keep in mind that you also need good surface agitation aswell for gas exchange and water movement in your tank to move the oxygen around most of the time done by power heads in your tank. In my 90 gal I have 3.....thinking of 4 not sure yet......
no airstones = no bubbles to mist out your salt = no salt creep.....

you will still get a little creep but I bet lots less
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As the skimmer adds very small air bubbles to do its job of trapping proteins and stuff, it also adds air into your water. This will let you take out the air stones and should give you good oxygenation in your tank. Keep in mind that you also need good surface agitation aswell for gas exchange and water movement in your tank to move the oxygen around most of the time done by power heads in your tank. In my 90 gal I have 3.....thinking of 4 not sure yet......
no airstones = no bubbles to mist out your salt = no salt creep.....

you will still get a little creep but I bet lots less
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