Originally Posted by Maridia
I have a 55 Gallon tank with 20 Gal
sump. I run a Reef Octopus 110 in it, but I had just heard stories of people making it work without a skimmer. I just wanted to know "how" that was done/possible.
That's too broad a statement: "I had just heard stories of people making it work without a skimmer.
" It all depends on what they had in the tank and for how long as well as their other maintanence schedules and the final outcome of the fish's lives from not using a skimmer.
Most tanks, with "normal" fish stock and invertebrate life will do much better with a skimmer than without. Can it be done? Yes. Should it be done? Maybe. Is the system better off by not having one? Highly doubtful. PLUS, The excessive work necessary by you to compensate for not using one can really be a turnoff to fish keeping. (So I've been told.) Be prepared to do your water changes without fail if you go this route.
Just my 2 cents