Protein skimmers

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OrionGirl

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Bubbles fractionate the dissolved proteins, so they bind together and can be more easily removed.
 
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The proteins bind to the surface tension on the bubbles (like the skin on soup). The bubbles then push up and into a collection cup, essentially removing this organic material from the water.

Proteins contain nitrogen, phosphorous, and extra carbon which would eventually break down into nutrients for unwanted algae. A protein skimmer removes these unwanted nutrients and helps oxygenate the water.

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