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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know of a relatively inexpensive protein skimmer that I could use in my turtle tank?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 07:43 PM
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Do they even work in Freshwater?

What size tank is it?

What kind of skimmer do you need one that hangs on the back or one that can sit in a sump?

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AFAIK, FW does not skim.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 07:48 PM
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The specific gravity of FW is generally too low to get a skimmer to do it's job of pulling protiens and fats out of the water column. You get more bang for the buck by doing a partial water change.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-23-2004, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Okay...well when I get a bigger tank (right now my turtle's a baby) I'll keep that in mind...

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2004, 02:35 AM
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You could also try Seachems protien skimmer in a bag it has a special compound in it that really pulls out the organics. Its called purigen fwiw. However Im not sure how it will effect the other elements in the water column, you might want to write Seachem an email in regards to this. This could maybe help you get more mileage out of your water.

Also a python or python like device you make yourself works wonders for making water changes extremely painless and quick!

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Lighting: 2x27 Watt 6500k P.C. Lights of America Outdoor Fixtures. 2x 20 Watt N.O. Flor. w/ Sylvania Gro Bulbs (9350k I think). Both are retrofited into a diy 12" tall canopy, with a 4" Diameter Clip on fan facing the opening in the back to circulate the excessive heat from the lighting.
Filtration: Tetra Tech 150 (modified to make very little disturbance.
Aquarium Systems Mini-jet for more circulation.
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