Advanced Topic Protein Skimmer and DSB?

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  1. MacSakkie

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    Hi, I have been doing some online reading, and no I do not believe everything I read on the interweb...

    One of the articles mentions that it is not necessary to run a protein skimmer with dsb as it then competes with the number of filter feeders in the dsb??

    This almost makes sense to me???

    http://www.aquaworldaquarium.com/Articles/TonyGriffitts/Protein_Skimmers_Do_You_Really_Need_One.htm

    I am currently running a skimmer in the return compartment followed by the dsb compartment in my sump.

    Some inputs would be awesome.
     
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    It might work, if your DSB is big enough in the first place. on most tanks the DSB is too small or the bio load exceeds the DSB capabilities.
     
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    Interesting thanks RiaanP. What would the typical ratios be? I have a 600L.
     
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    It seems 2/3 of the dp is the internet version... That seems like a lot?
     
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    and that article is 10 years old.
    20061021
    And almost everybody still runs skimmers.
     
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    Think I'll keep that skimmer running and leave the experiments for someone else.
     
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    mate of mine built his tank to have a DSB as his substrate and a massive DSB in his sump. worked like bomb!
    however he did still run a skimmer...
     
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    DSBs are a very controversial topic :lol:
     
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