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JohnG
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Username: fishrvool

Post Number: 126
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 11:36 am:       

How effective are protein skimmers from the viewpoints of regular people not trying to sell me one?

Also, my filter is a fluval 404 and I have read somewhere that it was a nitrite trap. Is this true because I have a 75 gallon tank with only two fish that are small and feed them every other day in order to get my nitrites down. I have tried a 15% water change but the levels stay the same. I wish I could do more water changes but I find the tidius and expensive to do, as I am 14 years old and can not afford 25$ in salt every week trying to maintain my tank.

Any suggestions?
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Heather
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Username: heather

Post Number: 1659
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 08:48 pm:       

Protein skimmers remove wastes before they can be broken down into ammonia/nitrites/nitrates so IMO they are very effective.

Canisters and other media filters are only nitrate traps if they aren't properly maintained. If they media is changed out weekly, there should be no bacteria buildup.

Save up, buy a 5 gallon bucket of Instant Ocean, it will last for a long time, fish really will benefit with better water changes.


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JohnG
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Username: fishrvool

Post Number: 129
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2005 - 10:30 am:       

Thank you
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