Hi Everyone. I thought I would pose a question to the community here that I have been kicking around. I would like to get people's thoughts? Please read this entire post before answering. Also, please answer the polling questions below. First.... a bit of background. I have been keeping saltwater fish and corals starting in the late '80s when I was in college so I am not a newbie. That said, the technology and the capabilities that have been brought into this hobby or obsession....over the years is incredible. I am in a constant state of learning. I have three reefs currently including my 180 gal show tank which is the subject for this query. You can find my 180 reef build in my profile block. I have had all sorts of issues with my 180 since I started it... from AEFWs, to one of the worst Dino strains I have ever seen. I have done a lot of interesting things to get rid of them and have. I have been Dino free since November. I have corals now that are thriving and a population of fish that are doing really well... All in All.... I am pretty happy with my tank right now. Back at the beginning of 2016 I bought an Algae Scrubber and installed it on the system. You will find details on it as well in my thread. I have been through two protein skimmers. More on those as well in my thread. I currently am running a Skimz skimmer. Both are running 24x7. So as I sit today.... I have perfect or maybe too perfect of water parameters. I dose BRS 2 part and Mg, as well as some trace elements in small amounts. I have been following the thought.... have tangs in your system and feed them well. Their poop will provide all the tank needs...and then some. Well... my Nitrates have been zero... as tested by two different test kits over the last 2 months. My Phosphates are Zero to .02 as tested by two methods and have been for a couple months now. Again, the water parameters are perfect.... When I bought my scrubber, the manufacturer said that a) it was bigger than I needed. I bought a spec'd model he built for a commercial guy that changed his order... I got a good deal..., b) that with a good scrubber I could and should take my protein skimmer off line entirely as it would no longer be needed. In fact, using a scrubber over a skimmer would also require less dosing of trace, less water changes.....etc.... This leads me to my question to the community: if you are running an algae scrubber, are you also skimming? If so, why? Are you running 24x7? If not, what is your experience running a scrubber only? Is the scrubber keeping up with the nutrient export? Oh one other note.... I have a basement sump and the water flows to and from there and is mixed well in the sump so air water agitation is not an issue for me.... Skimmers can help with the O2 exchange for some tanks... I get plenty.... Also a scrubber also helps there too... I have read where some of the modern skimmers can pull too much out of the water in some aquariums...including trace elements that then need to be replenished. In my situation, could I, should I start scaling back skimmer usage? I have an Apex controller and can go from 24x7 on the skimmer to a reduced schedule or I could take it offline entirely. Yes... I know.... why mess with something that is working right now. If I don't need both... why have both running.... I can save with energy and heat... and perhaps with dosing and water changes. So... What say you? Please answer the poll questions. All additional info, feedback, insights... are welcomed.