Originally Posted by mr_X
Bottom line, never turn off the thing that cleans the water. Contrary to myth, having cleaner water will not make corals suffer. If you have fish in the tank, there is a constant supply of organic material in the water column.
I agree to a point but after turning my skimmer off for a few days and seeing the color difference in my softies I believe there needs to be some of those nutrients in the water. I run a nac9 skimmer on a 180 and my nitrates were always and I mean always at 0 with phosphate at .04-.06 and I don't run gfo
/ carbon or biopellets. I ran gfo
carbon and my tank looked blah even more. Only reason I ever do water changes is to replenish trace elements that I don't dose and that's only once a month. I'm actually gonna put my skimmer on a 12 on 12 off timer off my apex and see how things do.