Well Sniper, skimmers can definitely be fickle, but I do feel that when working well, they are a great benefit to our aquariums. I have thought about running an algae scrubber, but I really like the automation of a skimmer.
My pump replacement is probably going to run me about $140... Which honestly really sucks, but it is the primary part of my filtration unit. I do still run a refugium, in addition to my skimmer, but feel the skimmer is a necessity. I understand that the skimmer in a way, contradicts the need for a refugium, but feel that whatever the skimmer cannot handle, the refugium will take care of.
Through the course of divorce and downsizing, my tank has become a FOWLR
, more than a reef. This to me, only means that the skimmer is all the more important. Sold off more than $1500 in coral, and besides a few nice colonies of mushrooms and palys, it is mostly nicely colored rock... The upside to this, is that I have been able to keep a few fish I have never been able to keep!! My puffer, and my Angel are quite happy in a 180! Back to the fish side of the hobby, but it is a journey!
12 years, and still counting!!
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