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What does a protein skimmer do?

What does a protein skimmer do?

A protein skimmer will help effectively remove protein and other organic waste materials, protein skimmers help maintain a healthy aquarium environment.

A protein skimmer will help effectively remove protein and other organic waste materials, protein skimmers help maintain a healthy aquarium environment. With a protein skimmer it will allow the primary filtration system to perform more efficiently and also provide numerous other benefits for superior water quality and clarity.


Protein skimmers rely on the chemical process adsorption to remove organic waste materials from the water. The waste materials adhere to the surface of the air bubbles and are literally pulled out of the water. A vigorous mixture of air and aquarium water within the protein skimmer reaction chamber generates thousands of these protein-skimming micro-bubbles. When these micro-bubbles travel through the skimmer, waste clinging to the bubbles is condensed and transported into the protein skimmer collection cup. The active waste-removal process employed by protein skimmers allows mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration to work more efficiently and will give your cleaner water quality.

A protein skimmer help maintains low nitrate levels by retarding nitrate buildup. It will remove organic waste before it has a chance to break down and release nitrogen compounds. The use of a protein skimmer is essential in all reef aquariums where a very low nitrate level is crucial for coral health.

If you have any other questions or want more information about different protein skimmers you can call us at (780) 483-7027 or stop by and see our staff at 17211 107 Ave, Edmonton, AB

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