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Old 04-23-2014, 07:21 PM   #11
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Thinking of going skimmerless. Thoughts?

I agree smaller tanks don't necessary need them as water exchanges are so easy.

But remember what they actually do. They also help oxygenate the water as so much air and water passes thru them. And they aren't biological at all, they mechanically remove long chain proteins, or uneaten food and poo. I always run one.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:32 PM   #12
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I agree with Greg, corals and fish need oxygenated water, more so than fresh water tanks. I read an interesting article a year or two ago that argued for what I'll call a "nutritious night." the idea was that while the corals are feeding, typically at night, you turn off the skimmer, dose foods, and any chemicals you use. Then in the morning it all turns on again. For me personally this wouldn't work, as my skimmer is too cheap and as a broken pump, so setting it on a timer would result in catastrophic system failure, but you might consider it.

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Interesting idea, this is my first sw tank so I'll just go by the numbers the woman at lfs that's awnsered so many questions said I wouldn't need the filter with the prizim skimmer but I got a $120 pump with Uv sterilzer for 75% off at a different local store liquidating fish supplies so I grabbed it

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I have a 35g that has no filter and no skimmer. It started as my holding/QT tank but ended up as my frag holding tank as well when my 240g went fallow. So far, everything has gone great with somewhat regular water changes (parameters are zeros), but in the last couple weeks, I had a cyano outbreak...just after I added the seven (now 5) Chromis, so that was probably the cause, even with every other day feeding. I would just be aware that those regular water changes probably need to be regular regardless of what the water tests are showing.

My Zoas are multiplying...my green montipora cap had probably grown close to an inch...My Favia that looked rough when I got it looks great now...My torch had probably grown at least 50%. Something is going okay, but the cyano is nasty.
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Ill keep the skimmer on. If anything I know it's saturating the hell out of the water with oxygen.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:29 AM   #16
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Since you have noticed your corals started to open while the skimmer is out, for me it is no brainer what to do. I would test the phosphate first and if it is below 0.03 I would not put the skimmer back. If it is higher than 0.08 then yes I would put it back and figure out what other reasons affecting the corals.
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I have a 35g that has no filter and no skimmer. It started as my holding/QT tank but ended up as my frag holding tank as well when my 240g went fallow. So far, everything has gone great with somewhat regular water changes (parameters are zeros), but in the last couple weeks, I had a cyano outbreak...just after I added the seven (now 5) Chromis, so that was probably the cause, even with every other day feeding. I would just be aware that those regular water changes probably need to be regular regardless of what the water tests are showing.

My Zoas are multiplying...my green montipora cap had probably grown close to an inch...My Favia that looked rough when I got it looks great now...My torch had probably grown at least 50%. Something is going okay, but the cyano is nasty.

Hmmm really?
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Thinking of going skimmerless. Thoughts?

Yup. It is not going to stay skimmerless though. I hope to have the 60 gallon cube up and running soon and it is all going in there. Should be interesting to see if anything changes with the skimmed water and sump/refugium.
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If you are worried that it's taking out too much nutrients, just turn it down. It won't remove anything, but still aerate the water. I wouldn't put a skimmer on a timer because the on-off-on-off is what wears the pumps out prematurely. The pump will last longer ran constantly.
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There's also more chance of accidental overflow if you turn it on and off.
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