Think you might need a protein skimmer?
Well, I've had my ASM G1 skimmer for about 6 weeks now. I bought it after my Seaclone 100 was doing nothing. Anyway, I've always struggled with my nitrates only being as low as 10mg/l. Well, I got a fuge with some chaeto, and I got an ASM skimmer.
My skimmer has always skimmed just thin, brownish green skimmate (not the thick guke that everyone speaks of). I did lower the large stand pipe, but I got less skimmate, maybe a little thicker, but I preferred more skimmate, even if it was more watery so I raised it back up.
Anyway, since adding the chaeto in my sump and this ASM skimmer, my nitrates remain at 0, and I have cut way back on water changes too (I used to do 20% every week and now only once per month).
So today, I was cleaning out my collection cup and I got curious how bad the skimmate was, so I tested it for nitrates. Now, I know this is supposed to happen but to see it for myself was pretty cool. The skimmate tested off the charts! It was 100mg/l with nitrates.......pretty cool. And there was about a quarter of a cup of it, which it collects about every week. And that used to be all the gunk that was still in my tank, which is probably why I could never get my nitrates down.
So, think you need a good skimmer?
I wouldn't trade mine for anything!