I have a leftover protein skimmer and would like to find a use for it. I have a 75g tank with 4 german rams, 2 double red apisto's, 3 oto's, and 2 dojo loaches. I have zero's across the board except nitrate which is at 30. The skimmer is a octopus 300f, would it be of any use on freshwater tank or is it a waste. For filtration I have 2 emperor 400's.
Your freshwater is not as dense as saltwater and your disolved organic mater can't get seperated as it would in a saltwater setup. So your using a skimmer in a freshwater setup would not work and therefore would be a waste of your time.
A skimmer will work in fresh water, but you won't get the gobs of brown syrup that you get in saltwater. I have seen a foam fractionator, about 15 feet tall used in a waste water facility, and it really brought down the CODs.
When you do a water chnage, sometimes you get a lot of crud floating at the surface. The dissolved air in the tap water is coming out of solution and attaching to organics.
Join a fish club. Don't have one in your area? Start one.
Oh ok then, I have not found much on the subject on the internet. Even what I found agreed that it was a waste of electric. I guess I'll keep it in storage for an emergency then. As usual, thanks for the advice guys.
Well there is a surface skimmer for freshwater tanks that do a great job ,I just got the one fro aquaclear /110 and it's doing it's job by taking that film looking thing from the top of the tank out and making it more clear/and natural for my fish to get Ox2 saltwater protein sikmmers really don't help much for freshwater ....