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Protein Skimming: Duplicating Mother Nature

For modern reef systems, the benefits of protein skimming are hard to refute.

By Bob Goemans |

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There is no doubt that the popularity of reef aquariums has grown over the past couple of decades — and so have the amount of questions about how aquarists should maintain a reef aquarium’s associated equipment and processes. Of those questions that I have been asked, filtration is among some of the more important topics.

Biological filtration is the most important, as bacteria use their “metabolisms” to transform matter, elements and compounds into energy, and other forms of elements or compounds (some desirable and some not). Nothing is actually being filtered out or exported. It is being changed — but it is not being removed. Without properly established biological processes, invertebrates and fish would soon perish in their own sea of waste.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the May 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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Reid    Manhattan, NY

10/22/2011 12:26:14 PM

Great article!

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