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Absolutely Do Skim. 8 57.14%
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:25 PM   #11
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How ofton are you doing water changes?
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:29 PM   #12
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We do a 10% water change weekly on all 3 tanks, it has worked out really well for us.
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:43 PM   #13
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I'll never run a tank without a skimmer, as a matter of fact, I recently purchased a aqua-c skimmer HOB, and it pulls more junk out of the water in two days than My in-sump did in 5 months.

an excerpt from Fenners new book states this-

Protien skimming is pivotal for many Aquarium systems.
Even though one does naot absolutly need a protien skimmerto have a succesful marine aquarium,Most folks will discover that it is categoricallythe most effective and reliable means of nutrient export (especialy for begginners)

He also seems to consider it a natural filter, that is considering the amount of sea foam washed ashore.

He, and I strongly encourage the use of a "Good" skimmer.

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Old 08-13-2003, 08:46 PM   #14
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So do many top experts, but some just keep on going without them.
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:00 PM   #15
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well look at my gallery and see the photos with the red cyno, which I happend to have untill one day prior to skimming. and compare them to my recent photo's. A blind man could tell the differance.

but some just keep on going without them.

I would not be one of those people, I also would not consider myself to be smarter than the experts.

just my .02
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I suppose you could say I run skimmerless.

Feed spairingly and regular water changes.
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Old 08-13-2003, 10:35 PM   #17
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My refugium also has stopped my cyano
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Old 08-14-2003, 11:40 AM   #18
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yep.. fuge, skimmer, water changes...


guess you could say, "there's more than one way to skim a tank"


ok, i'll go hide now
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Yep there certainly is more then one way
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I have ditched the skimmer some time ago in favor of macroalgae and soft coral harvesting (namely Xenia). IMO, if you don't run a skimmer, water changes are only essential if you don't have some other means of nutrient export (by that I mean regular water changes for export, I routinely do small water changes in favor of dosing additives). It is not an instant recipe for cyano or any other problem to not use a skimmer unless you don't use some other sort of method or overstock your tank.
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