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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Surface Protien

how would I get rid of all the Protien on the surface of my tank with my Rena XP1, while keeping the outlet aimed in a good flow and using the stock intake...?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 05:02 AM
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You can see if you can piece it together with a tee and put a "vortex" near the surface to create suction from the surface and the bottom. forgive the crude example but something like this

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ill probably try that and see how that does... i did buy a protien skimmer but the thing is, im afraid the fry will be swimming by the upper part and get sucked down. its just the cheap kind that you switch onto you intake

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You can see if you can piece it together with a tee and put a "vortex" near the surface to create suction from the surface and the bottom. forgive the crude example but something like this

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IME protein skimmers don't work very well in FW tanks. The "protein" on your water surface is probably bacteria. You can either skim it off with a cup/paper towel, or agitate the water surface more.

I'm not sure we are talking about the same thing in the case of a protein skimmer. To me a protein skimmer is a big tube of spinning, aerated water with an overflow on top.
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or agitate the water surface more.
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wrap some filter media around the skimmer that you bought that way it can sink down in the water and do what it needs to do and not suck up your fish
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