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Hi everyone, re-starting this hobby and is looking around for equipment. 

Was reading and watching YouTube videos about skimmers and I would like to ask when the pump for the skimmer is spoilt, can I just look for a replacement pump of any brands with similar flow rate? Or must I get a replacement from the skimmer manufacturer? 

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Most current models use internal pumps which have specific mounting holes or brackets => need to use back the same pump.

Best to get a good skimmer from a reputable brand with local support.

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IMO, a stable reef tank should have no issue without a skimmer for days if you have one that broke down. Unlike a chiller/return pump/wavemakers, skimmers are not the heart of the system. You might face an elevated nutrients level without skimming for days but that's about it.

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