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Aquarium Protein Skimmer Filters

A protein skimmer filters or cleanses your saltwater aquarium of organic compounds, namely, waste and food particles. These devices are important for maintaining sanitation in your tank. Else, these compounds will degrade and become harmful to the water environment.

What are Good Aquarium Protein Skimmers to Consider?

Among quality skimmers, here are a few key examples of what you might want to look for:

  1. Bubble Magus Curve 5. This is a reliable fish tank filter that runs on both 220V/110V power. It has an air intake of 300 litres per hour. It can cover a volume of 500 litres. Bubble Magus is from Jiyang Aquarium Equipment Co.
  2. Aqua One protein skimmer G224. This skimmer has a needle wheel impeller that increases contact areas and reduces bubble sizes for maximum efficiency. The controls are simple and adjustments are instant. Mount this skimmer hang-on or in sump as preferred. It can handle up to 1000 litres of water with a maximum flow rate of 1850 litres per hour.
  3. Hydor performer skimmer. Hydor models vary, but the brand assembles its products by hand. You get a SELTZ foaming pump, a Rotormix brush impeller, silicon air tubes, venturi silencer and a drainage. This protein skimmer is best for reef and marine aquariums.

What Do You Need to Set Up a Marine Aquarium?

Once you have an aquarium, you need to know a few essentials to make it work:

  1. Fish aquarium. Decide on a size that meets your budget and allowable time for care and maintenance. If you're out all day with no one to assist you with maintenance, choose among smaller-sized aquariums.
  2. Lighting. Illumination needs are different among marine fish. You may need to seek professional advice regarding that and specific fish supplies that will benefit your inhabitants. The tank size will be a main consideration and the class of occupants as well.
  3. Inhabitants. Choosing your marine pets are not as simple as grabbing what's available in the wild. If you aren't familiar with these marine fish, you may bring parasites into your tank or be unable to supplement them with the specific type of food they need. Novices turn to commercially raised marine fish, as these make for easy mixing of species and food preparations.

How Do You Know When a Marine Fish is Unhealthy or Sick?

Here are some telltale signs that something's wrong with your pet:

  1. Rapid gill movement. At times, this signals insufficient performance from your tank pump. At other times, it means your fish is sick.
  2. Erratic swimming behaviour or isolation.
  3. White spots or fuzzy patches on the body and torn or frayed fins.
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