Originally Posted by ClayBishop
I'm worried if something bad will happen if I take it off
As long as you have around the normally recommended amount of live rock and not an outrageous bioload then you have nothing to worry about.
If you understand what a skimmer does and what live rock does then youll understand that as stated the canister only has one purpose and its purpose can be achieve in much simpler and effective ways.
For mechanical filtration (if and when needed) running a filter sick for a day will clear up any large debris over say 200 micros withs a 200 micron sock. Combined with a bag of carbon in the sump and you have effectively removed any benefit the canister had and allowing water quality to stay much cleaner by not trapping waste in the canister allowing it to rot.
29g Mixed Reef, 150w 14k Phoenix MH w/ Moonlights, Reef Octopus BH1000 HOB Skimmer, Ecotech Vortech MP10es, ReefKeeper Lite (Plus), PH Probe, Temp Probe, ATO, Carbon/GFO Reactor.