what is a protein skimmer

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    hi i'm becca and you guessed it i'm new to this site. i'm just setting up a small marine tank so can anyone tell me what a protein skimmer does and do i need one.:razz:
     
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    Hi Becca,

    Firstly, WELCOME to MASA, and to this great hobby :wave2:

    Dohn's link gives a good explanation of what a skimmer is/does. Also, just hover your mouse over the word skimmer in this post, for some additional info.

    Do you need one? In my humble opinion, YES. One can run a successful marine tank without a skimmer, but it is much easier, and safer, to have a skimmer.

    Tell us about your tank, and what you plan to keep in it - also, post some photos, if possible, and we will gladly hold your hand whilst you become familiar with everything :)

    Hennie
     
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    :welcome7:Becca - Lets put this as simply as possibly without sounding too crude and too complicated : A protein skimmer does exactly the names suggests! It skimms proteins out of the water and stores them in a cup which needs to be emptied out regulary!One of the most worthwhile piece of equipment one can have in a marine tank is a protein skimmer! The bigger and best quality skimmer your pocket can manage will be money well spent! there are other forms of filteration but the most forgiving and the one that most allows room for errors would be a protein skimmer! And besides other forms of filteration if a skimmer is not used should only be attempted once you are well into the game! Basically what a skimmer does is mince a ton of bubbles and force them up a chamber - then muck and waste products cling to these bubbles and collect in the cup at the top much like how you see the brownish surf at the beach! All these nasty proteins are what is removed from the water that is being cycled round and round in the tank and if left in the water will cause dangerous situations for your tank inmates - Its like this : Mostly fish poo and other hazourdous waste products are removed by the skimmer before it gets a chance to break down and turn the water toxic! To put it bluntly its like having a sewer system for fishes water to e purified so that they not living in toilet water conditions! I hope this helps you!
     
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    Welcome to MASA and when you set up your tank, invest in a decent one.
     
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    welcome to masa!skimmer is essential!
     
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    Welcome to MASA and yes you will need a skimmer
    Does alot of dirty work
     
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    Welcome to MASA becca!
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Becca! Great to have you on-board!

    Can you please tell us more about your fish-keeping experience? If you have a tank already - please post pictures of you tank/life-stock, etc?

    Hope you enjoy the journey into keeping marines! It's awesome!
     
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    Welcome to MASA Becca, glad you joined us. Please tell us more about your setup, post pictures if possible?
    Also read the link in my signature for great beginner info.

    Enjoy and keep us updated you hear? :wave2:
     
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