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Thread: who needs a foam fractionator?

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    Daihonmei
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    who needs a foam fractionator?

    i use airlifts to move the water...both in my settlement tank, and in my air-lift powered skimmer I don't get a bubble to last for a second.
    I do have 1000 or so gph flow through

    i wonder what others do to cause themselves to not need (or need) a foam fractionator?

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    Daihonmei MikeM's Avatar
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    Maybe you don't have a use for one, but not having bubbles last on the pond surface is not the same. If there is DOC, the FF will find it.

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    I think your flow through likely negates any real opportunity for DOC's to accumulate in a meaningful way. With a nearly 50% water exchange dialy you are moving more fresh water through your system every day than most can boast per week.

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    We have very little(almost none) foam in the pond but what I see in the filter chambers, I don't like......hoping I can get this down. Now some of that "scum" is from the media in this chamber, but I can also dump our settlement about 4 times and still have this thick layer on the top. Not there when we don't feed so I'm hoping a foam fractionator will get this out of the water column
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    Maybe you don't have a use for one, but not having bubbles last on the pond surface is not the same. If there is DOC, the FF will find it.
    agreed
    but i also posted My skimmer is powered by an air-lift and there is zero accumulation in the container where the bubbles bring the surface water from the pond

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke frisbee View Post
    agreed
    but i also posted My skimmer is powered by an air-lift and there is zero accumulation in the container where the bubbles bring the surface water from the pond

    great! that means your flow through system is working well!

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    I was serious
    Who needs a FF and why?

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    FF is my best friend after spawning to help mop up the excess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbradleybradley View Post
    FF is my best friend after spawning to help mop up the excess.
    Now there's a pretty darned good "why" answer. Talk about a lot of excess protein!

    Plenty of why's to go around to my way of thinking. Those with prohibitive water costs or water use restrictions may not have the luxury of large water changes to rely on. Since the proteins tend to be "sticky" other cumulative contaminants (pollens, spores, ultra-fines) can easily become entrained in otherwise good water. If a FF removes both the proteins and the secondary contaminants in such a scenario so much the better.

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