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    Skimmer Foam questions...

    Wet Foam or Dry Foam?

    Why?

    Anyone did chemistry of what Dry or Wet Foam collect?

    Do Wet foam for certain protein and Dry for others?

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    Too wet and you're taking out too much of the good stuff.
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    i find too dry and it just cloggs up the skimmer too fast.. I like to run it wet personnaly.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    exactly, we're looking for a good balance. if you skim to dry, the skimmer is being hindered and you're not actually removing enough of the bad stuff. too wet and your pulling more than we want from the water as well as removing to much water during the process.

    i like to tune my skimmer to pull very dark ( more proteins than water ) but still produce a good amount of skimmate.
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    This is one of the many questions in this hobby that you will not get a concencous too. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods as have been pointed out.

    The problem is as far as I know there has not been any studies completed in the aquarium world on skimmate and the different properties of wet vs dry. Add into the equation that skimmers all create a different output and some seem to work better dry others wet.
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    If you want, get 3 skimmers, ones dry, one medium, one wet.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    The bubbles collapse back on themselves creating more and more surface tension as the protein layer thickens. If you run too wet it might be like cutting down on dwell time with respect to not allowing enough protein film to develop on the top tier of the bubble column. There is a whole chapter on it, like 50 pages, in The Reef Aquarium by Sprung/Delbeek.

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    thank you very much Kennyfish for this short but very understanding reply

    i have book 2 but lost book 1 so I will try to get one back soon

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