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Old 02-02-2005, 02:27 PM   #1
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protein skimmers on freshwater?

just as title says does any use one on a freshwater tank. is it worth it. i really like to overkill filtering and what not and my cousin had one from saltwater tank he had and put it on his freshwater and said its a must have. if you do what pros and cons. and what skimmer would you recomend. only a 55 gallon here so i dont need anything huge. thanks josh
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my cousin had one from saltwater tank he had and put it on his freshwater and said its a must have.
Just curious, did he say why? I believe the only benefit in FW is no surface film. There are much cheaper solutions: http://aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic....624&highlight=
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he said his water was pretty clear and after 2 days of having it running it was crystal clear and the trap on the skimmer had alot of red water in it????
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Way past my limited level of understanding. Does he have red substrate?
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How can that be? I picked up a protein skimmer for $10 today ... regular price of $200
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no has natural colored gravel. after 2 days it turned to a faint pink then finally went away. now its just greasy looking water.
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serlunchalot you are so into that new protein skimmer. although it is a very nice steal. but to the fresh water skimmer. it might help some, but its defenatly not as usful as it would be on a sw. by the way. skimmers arn't neary as effecient on fw. i wouldn't say its a must but if you have the money to spend
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Lunch... you picked up a $200 protein skimmer where for $10?
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