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Old 02-07-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Question importance of protein skimmer?

Is a protein skimmer really necessary for a FOWLR tank?
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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Is a protein skimmer really necessary for a FOWLR tank?
I know I will be contradicted on this, but NO. A skimmer is not absolutely necessary for a FOWLR. 1-1.5 lbs of live rock per gallon, 20% water changes every two weeks and a tank that is not overstocked and you will be fine without a skimmer. I know this to be true because although I have had SW tanks for twelve years I once went a period of five years with no skimmer and never lost a fish.
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+1 ; not an necessity. If you do weekly PWCs, you should be fine with any size tank; maybe even a reef tank.
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does the skimmer then allow more time in between water changes then?
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it depends on how you feed. a skimmer removes nutrients from the tank. is it mandatory? no. is it a helpful tool? yup.
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Ok great, thanks for the advice guys!
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