Hey guys i finished testing my dissolved oxygen levels without the skimmer running.
Dissolved oxygen levels with skimmer running=8.6-8.7
Dissolved oxygen levels without skimmer running(last 4 days)=8.2-8.3
Based on these results my worries about oxygenation without the skimmer are totally discredited. While oxygen levels are slightly lower without the skimmer running they never even fall below 8ppm! So in short the skimmer is staying offline and the chamber will be dedicated to more macroalgae. I also decided to run a mini algae scrubber using an AC30. All credit goes to this guy that gave me the idea. Ive used an algae scrubber in the past but it was taking too much space in my sump....this ones dimensions are perfect. Im just waiting for the algae to grow in...should probably take another week or so.
That's pretty interesting. So basically what you are saying is that your water chemistry doesn't change significantly if you run a skimmer or not? As long as you run a refugium?