FAQ #24: Is having a protein skimmer that's rated larger than your tank advantageous?

December 7th, 2016
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Today on BRStv's 52 FAQ, we're answering James Edward's question:

"Hi, is there any advantage to having a skimmer that has far more gallon range to the actual gallons you have in your tank?”

Honestly however, I usually only use the manufacturer gallon rating as a rough guideline. When choosing the right protein skimmer for your setup, you will want to choose its size based on the amount of food you feed your aquarium. If you feed your tank heavily, then choosing a skimmer that is considered oversized for your tank will offer the most performance.

On the flip side of that, if you tend to be a light feeder, then choosing an oversized skimmer will usually result in less than desirable results. In a given water volume there may not be enough dissolved organic compounds, proteins, or waste in the tank to maintain a stable foam head inside of the larger skimmer body and will have trouble pushing any foam produced up through the neck.

So follow along as we dive deeper into this question, and help make reefing a bit more fun and easy.

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