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Old 09-13-2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 09-13-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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a skimmer in conjunction with a fuge stocked with quality macro algae (I too think chaeto is great) is a great way to lower nitrates AND phosphates.
the skimmer will remove compounds that'll break down into nitrates/phosphates, and anything not skimmed will be soaked up as food for the macro algae in the fuge.

(just a little info for those who didn't know how this fabulous combo works)
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