Suface Skimmer For Fluval Fx4

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  1. Pameliacc

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    I have a 65 ga freshwater planted tank and I am looking for recommendations on a surface skimmer that I can use with my Fluval FX4. I started using co2 three weeks ago and now have a white cloudy layer on the top of my water. I am concerned that co2 will not disseminate through the water properly otherwise.
    Thanks in advance....
     
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    I have a FX4 and 406 on my 75g. I have the Fluval version of that skimmer for my 406. It works mostly well after a few tweaks.

    I have 3 Azoo 250 skimmers and 1 of the skimmers I posted the link to. The cheaper one is much better, IMO. The Azoo basket sits too close to the glass so it works fine on a rimless but you'd have to lower the water level on a rimmed tank. The cheaper one has the basket far enough away to clear most rims.
     
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    I will try the one you recommended from Ebay. Thanks so much!
     
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    In the 4 tanks I have skimmers, they usually take about 15-30min to clear the surface. I have mine running for 90 mins at night just for the added flow around the tank.

    The sponge needs to be cleaned every week or so. You can tell it needs to be cleaned when the surface film builds up and the skimmer doesn't work as well. I just rinse the foam under tap water to clean.
     
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    Since the OP's question has been answered and this is relevant to me I feel ok asking if anyone knows...

    Would a protien skimmer perform the same function as this? My plants keep blocking my water flow along the top of my tank and I'm tired of having to cut them back all the time.
     
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    Protein skimmers [especially new venture models] won't work on FW.
    If you found an old air operated one and then injected ozone it would do something but you need to extract the surface then to remove surface proteins..
    I tried one of my newer skimmers on my 180 for about 6 months ..No good..

    On the surface skimmer I have removed the sponge from all of mine .
    They still work great and now I add food to the water column with them !
     
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    I thought about removing the sponges on mine. The sponges come out greasy when dirty. My only issue would be dead plant matter that gets trapped in most of mine and w/o a sponge, it could block the impeller.
     
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    Well I installed the new skimmer today and I can’t believe how fast it cleaned up. Thanks for the recommendation DarkOne!
     








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