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Old 09/14/2018, 10:03 AM   #1
warrenmichaels
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would high-lipid fish food cause skimmer problems?

I'm new to saltwater, and haven't gotten my tank up and running yet. I've read that oils in the water, from something as simple as placing an un-gloved hand in the tank, can prevent a skimmer from working properly.

I found a recipe for gel fish food that calls for 3% oils (fish oil and vegetable oils. Assuming most of the food is eaten, and only small parts are lost in the tank, I wonder if this would cause problems. It seems that this diet would result in quite a bit of oil in fish excrement, which might cause skimmer problems.

What do you think, should I cut back on the oils, eliminate them entirely, or is this not an issue? thanks.


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Old 09/14/2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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The oils will have a temporary impact on the skimmer. The result is that the skimmer foam goes flat for a couple hours. Sometimes less, sometimes more but itís just temporary and the foam will build back up in short order. How long the impact lasts just depends on the amount of food or oils in the food vs the total water volume. Either way, itís really a non issue.


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ok. thanks.


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Old 09/14/2018, 01:35 PM   #4
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The oils will have a temporary impact on the skimmer. The result is that the skimmer foam goes flat for a couple hours. Sometimes less, sometimes more but itís just temporary and the foam will build back up in short order. How long the impact lasts just depends on the amount of food or oils in the food vs the total water volume. Either way, itís really a non issue.


I make my own food and thatís exactly what happens. Once the skimmer gets going it starts to pull lots of gunk from the water. In my opinion and experience a skimmer that needs lots of adjustments can drive you crazy. I switched to a TUNZE and I never have to mess with it. It just pulls lots of gunk but never overflows as my previous skimmers all did.


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