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Old 12-26-2012, 07:57 AM   #11
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I do not run skimmers and the upflow version did not work well for me. I consider it an alternate method that should be considered if you do not have the ability to run a waterfall scrubber. IMO it is still experimental. Some have made it work just fine, others not so much. I think it works well for smaller tanks, but for anything close to 100g or more, I just think the turnover rate affects efficiency somehow, and to get past that, the build gets more complicated and you might as well build a waterfall because the cost/complexity/benefit starts to equalize.

My tanks: 120 Reef w/L2 Algae Scrubber, 60 Reef Pond w/floating Algae Scrubber, 40 Breeder Reef w/L2 UAS Tester Algae Scrubber
I maintain: 144 SW Reef w/L2 Algae Scrubber | 200 SW Reef w/L4 Algae Scrubber
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