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The overskimming article in advance aquarist online as mentioned below is a little "over my head" :arg: But after reading it I'm starting to wonder if we can skip the protein skimming all together and just perform more frequent water changes. Any Opinions ?





Actually, Advanced aquarist online did a chemical analysis of skimmate, and fond it does remove more than just protein, including trace elements.
Also, some of the things that live in our tanks, need a bit of that protein to live. So, actually, I would say the answer is yes, you can overskim.
However, due to the small amount of protein a skimmer actually removes, it would take a very large one to cause a problem. The above mentioned article states, "protein skimmers remove only 20 - 35% of the measurable Total Organic Carbon (TOC) in reef aquarium water..."
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You could could get away with it. But you would save money in the long run on the water and salt mix bill by running a skimmer. IMO its not a very economical solution.;)
 
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