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Dry vs wet skimmmate

Discussion in 'Newbies Corner' started by 6check, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. 6check

    6check Copepod

    What are the pros and cons of wet vs dry skimmmate.

    What are the primary contents of skimmmate? Nitrates, phosphates, poo, food?
     
  2. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    You will want to skim the way that the skimmer is made. Most needlewheels will skim better wet and most beckets/downdrafts will skim better dry. I would not recommend trying to ask the skimmer to do something that it might not be able to do.
     
  3. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Main content of skimmate is basic proteins that are produced via waste and food. If you minimize surface agitation on your tank you will eventually have a light layer or these proteins floating on the top of the tank and preventing gas exchange. It wont remove nutrients though, such as nitrates or phosphates, but often will remove some of the waste before it becomes nutrients.
     
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