A protein skimmer is one of the most important devices you can install in your tank. Although not all aquarists think it is necessary to have one, it's generally agreed upon that having a protein skimmer is a big benefit.
A protein skimmer works by collecting excess protein and other unwanted stuff from the tank water. This device generates a lot of bubbles - even foam - to which protein particles and other pollutants attach themselves. The bubbles then travel along a canister to the collection cup, where they pop. At this point, the bubbles may be gone but the pollutants are not - but they're all inside the collection cup for later disposal.
For a protein skimmer to work well, it should have a stable faceplate to stand on, such as the Savio 16-in Skimmer Faceplate Assembly Pet Store
. This faceplate provides a very watertight and secure seal for the protein skimmer. It can withstand rates between 5,000-8,500 gph. Between these rates, your protein skimmer
remains steady and in place.
The Savio 16-in Skimmer Faceplate Assembly is meant to be used for Savio's Skimmerfilters. The replaceable faceplate is easy to install - you can do it in as quick as five minutes.Savio Skimmerfilter Base Unit 16 Inch Faceplate Assembly
5,000 - 8,500 GPH
Up to 1,200 sq ft