Automatic Filter Roller Extending Fleece Life with Apex

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I have a Clarisea SK-5000 on a new system, but figure this could apply to any automatic roller. I was considering having the filter rollers turned off via the apex except for once or twice a day. I have not had the automatic roller for long, so I am wondering if anyone can think of any issues with doing this?

Here is the programming I was considering:

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My reasoning is that on my current system with filter socks, I change the socks once to twice per week. So if have the automatic roller programmed to run one once a day, I am still changing the mechanical filter more often than with most sock set ups. This will have the benefit of not having to change socks and also having the filter roll last longer.

The other effect of this will be that the organics in the filter will have more time to break down increasing dissolved organics in the water. I'm not sure if this is a plus or minus. I'm not sure that stripping the water of all dissolved organics is a good thing either for the coral or the macroalgae in the refugium. The skimmer may also work better with a slight increase in dissolved organics. This would be likely difficult to measure, but I can't see that having organics breaking down for 12-24 hours before removal would be that detrimental.

I like the idea of making the rolls last longer, but any downside that I'm not considering? Thanks
 
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After a week, I've adjusted my programming.

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My system is new so I have progressively made adjustments. Currently there are only a few fish in the system and feeding is low. I added flow meters to both return lines and increased the tank turnover to about about 950 gph. As I have made changes, I have been keeping an eye on the roller chamber for overflow. Having the roller on once / day wasn't adequate once I increased the flow.

Right now I have the roller set to be on at 8 am , 2 pm, and 8 pm for about 30 minutes. This is working well, and I check periodically to confirm the chamber isn't overflowing. As the system's bioload grows, feeding will increase and I may need to increase the frequency the roller comes on during the day. Will see how long these rolls can last.
 
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So after 12 weeks, time to change my first roll. I have two filter rollers and the first one rolls a little more frequently, so I have adjusted the programming between the two rollers to have the first roller timed to come on less frequently. I'm sure I will continue to make adjustments, but I'm happy to have extended the time before I need to change the roll.

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Right now I'm still experimenting. I never had a true baseline without a timer so I decided to see how things go without the timer for a cycle and see if the timers are extending the life by much on the rolls.
 

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