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Tropical Fish Word of the Day: Protein skimmer

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Protein skimmer: (n.) Also called foam fractionators, protein skimmers are filtering devices that produce many small bubbles that attract organic contaminants and small particles of detritus that flow in with the water. These bubbles rise in the skimmer into a cup that can be easily taken off so the waste can be discarded. Clean water is sent back into the system.

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