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Old 03-01-2010, 11:56 PM   #11
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Thanks, and what will remove the rest of the 70% waste ?
PWC will not remove the organic waste, not at once, have to wait until dissolve right ?! Eggs, isn't any mechanical filtration will remove them ?
I have rum my skimmer since week one, for 24hr/day, should I put it on the timer ?
How about UV filler most bacterium and and living creature what will pass true will die, right ?! I have my Uv filter on a timer daytime 4 hr/day.
Activated carbon and Polyester fiber will capture many of the small creature as well .
So the bottom line is, Skimmers are our friend, just don't spend $1000 for it ?

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I'm honestly up in the air on skimmer use. I still use them, but I often wonder if there is a better way yet to be revealed. I can eliminate a skimmer and not see any difference in water chemistries nor deficient coral growth. As for water changes, I always use a gravel vacuum and prefer large water changes over small weekly ones, so 25%-40% bi-weekly. You can run your skimmer off a timer or just run it 24/7...up to you. UV's only kill what passes through the water lines and most of your life, including parasites, do not live in the water column where UV's collect from I've yet to see activated carbon or other filter pads cause decline in the systems fauna. As a matter of fact, I have found large populations of cryptic fauna thriving within canister filters because of the available "food stuffs." DOC's aren't necessarily a bad thing and just a measurement of DOM, which can be utilized as a food source for corals. At the same time and as usual, if you cannot find a balance the negative impacts may implicate the system. Fun huh?

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Good take James. Thanks. After all the best we can hope for is an artificial recreation of one small part of an ocean we don't fully understand (yet).

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