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For us, there is no substitute for water changes, so we removed the skimmer and have not looked back.
Exactly what does a skimmer remove? The bad stuff? Some good stuff?
Our overflows are gravity fed to the sump and end-up in a filter sock. We get some skimming action from the agitation of the water in the filter sock. We just wipe the suds away with a paper towel.
Our skimmer was shut down at the beginning of the KIS System evaluation period. The benefits of a skimmer are questionable and the problems numerous which include: cost of the skimmer, heat, noise, electricity use, and potential leaks to name a few.