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Surface Skimmer?

I have a layer of scum on the water surface in my 75G (just set it up this week, love it, journal to follow) but I digress, back to she surface scum. I've thought about getting a surface skimmer for the intake of one of my canisters but they advertise increased O2. Question is will the outgass my CO2 levels? Or will it only increase O2. The surface scum doesn't seem to hurt anything, just unsightly. Any ideas?
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Yep, that's the one I was looking at. Now, will it outgass my CO2 or not?
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yes it will outgass allot of the co2.


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So, I just learn to deal with the surface skum?
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My problem with this type of surface skimmer is that it attaches to the intake of the power filter, so it seems like your only filtering the top part of your water column. I like my intake to be low to get all the heavier crud and particles out of the water.. so ideally I'd like a skimmer AND the power filter intake both working for me. That's mainly why i never got one.
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I use one on my 150G, hooked up to an xp3 with no ill issue.
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You can hook it up to just about any kind of filter. My plants grow big and fast. I see no loss of co2 at all.
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My problem with this type of surface skimmer is that it attaches to the intake of the power filter, so it seems like your only filtering the top part of your water column. I like my intake to be low to get all the heavier crud and particles out of the water.. so ideally I'd like a skimmer AND the power filter intake both working for me. That's mainly why i never got one.
Actually this skimmer skims the surface, and has a portion lower to filter further down the water column,

I have one on my 125, and love it. 1 Think I noticed is that it does get a little finicky with the larger canisters. I sanded the space between the teeth to help the water flow.

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It works well and I don't see a problem with CO2 loss. I run 2-3 bps and have a very light green 4dKH drop checker.
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My problem with this type of surface skimmer is that it attaches to the intake of the power filter, so it seems like your only filtering the top part of your water column. I like my intake to be low to get all the heavier crud and particles out of the water.. so ideally I'd like a skimmer AND the power filter intake both working for me. That's mainly why i never got one.
I've got 2 canisters on this tank, an F305 and an F405, was only considering installing it on one. For the time being, I skimmed the surface with an empty Gatorade bottle, about a 4 gallon water change and that took care of most of it. Certainly not a long term fix.

So no CO2 problems with using this thing? Cool. I'll have to pick one up. Thanks!
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just point your water flow a bit more towards the surface to get surface water movement, but minimal agitation/breaking.

This will solve your problem quickly, and it's free. It won't significantly outgas CO2 either.
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just point your water flow a bit more toward the surface to get surface water movement, but minimal agitation/breaking.

This will solve your problem quickly, and it's free. It won't significantly outgas CO2 either.

That's always an idea too but won't pick up dead leaves, dog hair (yes, I have some strands of dog hair on the surface too, the woes of having 3 dogs. Their hair gets on EVERYTHING) etc that I am picking out by hand right now.
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