Originally Posted by harmy4993
This is totally incorrect. Mangroves and micro algae gets rid of nitrates and couple other things that algae feeds on. This makes it harder for algae to get what it needs to grow in your tank.
Skimmer gets rid off all the crap in the water. Keeps the water quality clean. More for coral.
This is actually not totally incorrect. With one or two mangroves, you won't see much, if any heavy nitrate removal. They grow way too slow to really do much for an average setup.
However, If you start getting several per gallon to create a "mangrove forest" the mud they are planted in along with the maze of roots can remove a lot of organic waste. Turf algae scrubbers have also been reported to remove a lot of organic waste.
No arguments though that its far inferior to a giant skimmer in most cases, but not "totally incorrect."