Wet vs. Dry skimming.

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Evo R, 25 Jan 2012.

  1. Evo R

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    Hey guys.

    Thought i would start this thread for all the new guys....(and me).

    What is the difference/purpose between wet and dry skimming?

    Pro's and Con's of either form of skimming?

    And then lastly, will it not be beter instead of one over rated skimmer, to have 2 slightly smaller skimmers. One skimming wet and the other one skimming dry??
    Or will that cancel eachother out?

    All coments welcome!
     
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  3. JDV

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    I was wondering the something.
     
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    My skimmer is setup as a wet skimmer, works quite well, i set it up to drain the collection cup into another container. From what I understand wet skimming wastes more water, but takes out more stuff quicker, you just need to keep note of how much water comes out and replace the appropriate amount of sea water with fresh when topping up so your salinity stays even.
     
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    They both do the pretty much the same thing.....depends on how often you want to clean the cup out....it comes down to personal preferance, experiment with both types of skimming and see what works better for you.
     
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    Nope. The water that comes out with the skim-mate is salt water and needs to be replaced with salt water. If you keep topping up with RO your salinity will slowly drop.
    Always best to check Salinity before adding any top up water.

    IMO it is always best to skim dry with a clean skimmer neck. This also helps when feeding heavily with phytoplankton's etc, in that the skimmer does not go mad.
     
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    Good question!!!
    Hope we get a good answer now :whistling:
    :p
     
  8. jades

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    Errr, I said I replace with salt water not RO? I just switch the skimmer off if i put in anything i dont wanna remove.

    Check out wet skimming vs. dry skimming - The Reef Tank for a nice explanation on the differences.
     
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    Sorry bud. I thought the fresh meant RO ;)
     
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    Lol, cool, I replace the exact amount of seawater removed and I top up with fresh for the evaporation. You be amazed how much particulate matter comes out with wet skimming.
     
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    Thanks for all the coments so far.
     
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    2 over rated skimmers will be better than 1 over rated skimmer ;)
     
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