| Personally I think it's a moot point, no skimmer is pulling ALL return water anyway it's only flowing a portion. I think it's far more important to make sure the skimmer is big enough for your water volume rather than trying to balance your skimmer to your return pump. |
This question has a couple of different direction it can go. First Direction:
Yes, the Skimmer should be rated for at least the water volume of your system.
Some Hobbyist like to run a larger Skimmer because they are planning on having a LARGE Bioload.
Plan on upgrading in the near future and just buy a bigger Skimmer now instead of later.
Got a great deal on one and it is a little bigger than they really needed. Second Direction:
If your return pump is the main source of flow in your tank and not just to get water to & from the sump for filtration.
It is probably a Large Energy Consuming Beast than will cost more to run than say, a smaller pump with a closed loop or power heads.
Smaller tanks may not be affect ( Energy Consumption ) as much as larger systems.
But, may not have the additional room to house the extra equipment in the Tank or Cabinet.
| I'll have to concur with Rick on this one. Maybe a better question would be equating LPH of air your skimmer draws, to the volume of your system. |
This way, you have a quantifiable measure. Now, I can tell you that my skimmer pulled 1150LPH of air and I had about 100G of water. Zoa's HATED my tank, but SPS growth was off the charts...
When I crashed my tank, and the SPS were disintegrating, the Zoas and Paly's I had, EXPLODED in growth. My Gobstoppers went from 15-20 polyps, to like 60 in 2 weeks.
This is one of the points I am trying to make, In these Informational Gathering Threads.
That the System you set up may work Great
for one type of Coral and Terrible
These Thread were started in the Zoa
Maybe there should be one in every Coral Forum.
To find the best equipment / practice for any given Coral.