To Skim or not to Skim? That is the question!

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  1. RBReefing

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    Hello, noob here,

    I will be setting up a Red Sea Max Nano. I am leaning towards not using the skimmer and using that area for something else (media, macro algae/pods, etc). I have heard it can be done but not sure the best way to implement it.

    My question is....
    1. Is it better to just not do it from the begining to help stability?
    2. Start it off in the begining but remove it later?
    3. I’m a crazy person and how could I entertain not using the skimmer?
    4. Something I have not thought of....
    I am prepared to do 20% weekly water changes and run an Tunze 3155 ATO system. Also I plan on putting an Apex EL on it and running a Jebao RW-4. I was thinking about pointing the return pump up slightly to break the water surface for better gas exchange. I currently have about 15 lbs of Carib Sea Life rock ready to go in.

    Cheers in advance!
     
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    I'd run it from the start. Once you get enough coral biomass in the tank and are struggling to keep nutrient levels up, you could look at dialing it back from 24/7, maybe only running it for half the day for example.

    A skimmer has additional benefits besides just removing DOCs!
     
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    Dark Sky,

    Thank you for the reply. I will start out with it and see if I can get some media underneath it.

    Thank you again!
     
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    #4 Uwdanno, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:22 PM
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    Thanks Dan! Do you have any suggestions what I do with the extra space if anything? Also what is your water change schedule? I plan on using tropic marin pro reef. What do you use?

    That is a great looking tank!
     
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    I’m only experienced in big systems, but I would consider it just for the aeration.
     
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    I had a media reactor that primarily ran carbon. If algae starting to show up I would switch it to GFO. I did 10-20% water changes every Sunday. I also ran a Sicce 1.5 and an MP10 in the tank
     

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