Protein Skimmer

By · Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Protein Skimmer
Why can not a protein skimmer be used in a freshwater tank?

I've heard from several people that a protein skimmer can not be used with a freshwater tank, why is this? My understanding is that a protein skimmer takes out waste and helps maintain clear water. I do not see how that's bad for freshwater fish, unless they need the waste water to maintain a balance in the tank.

Protein Skimmers are made especially for saltwater tanks. They are designed to be compatible with salt water, and only remove certain things, and let others in. If used in freshwater tank, then you are removing / exit of some chemicals that could be useful / dangerous, depending on the chemistry and all that.

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