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Old 04-14-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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Protein skimming:Wet or Dry

Just wondering who skims wet and who skims dry? I feel like I've been skimming wet and pulling a bunch of crud but what are the benefits of dry over wet or vice versa?
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do you mean wet dry filter? never heard of dry skimming
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No I mean wet vs dry skimming. Wet is where you pull out more water with the skimmate while dry takes longer to pull stuff out but doesn't pull as much water. Basically they depend on where you set the water level below the collection cup. Just want to know how everyone goes about it
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As stupid an answer as this may be, I've tried both ways, and try to keep right in the middle

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I would never say that skimming less is better than skimming more. That's what we are saying here, right? Turning the water level down is most certainly skimming less. I don't see a single benefit to it, unless you have a lack of D.O.C.'s.....that is.
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This is pure speculation, but I think wet takes more of things we don't really want to skim out, and dry does not remove enough fast enough of what we want out, so I try for in between... Collection cup doesn't fill every other day that way also

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How do you know it takes out what you don't want skimmed out? Do you know how big of a skimmer you would need to make a dent in essential elements? It would be like a 500 gallon skimmer on a bio cube.
I say this because I have had skimmers break and continued testing while the replacement was on the way, and saw no changes (more than normal usage) on the major elements.
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I don't, hence speculation. Just go by what the tank seems to respond to best, and I'm not a believer in over skimming, so I try for somewhere in between

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So basically the wetter you skim, the faster docs get pulled out and the cleaner your water is. But you dont want to skim so much that it is so dilute. Correct?
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No, I'm saying how I run mine, just an opinion as I said, I think sometimes they remove to much, that's all I'm saying

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