I was running my 15g tank with an aquaclear filter with only filter floss and carbon(i'd prefer another option than the filter but can't do a sump) Anyways I had a surface skimmer attached and it worked great, no film at all...during my monthly equipment cleaning the surface skimmer broke(the stick that turns is stuck!!) As much as it works great, its an eyesore in the tank. API has a filter which has dual intakes, looks like a surface skimmer/filter. All the reviews are good on the filter. I was thinking of going with this option instead of replacing the eyesore surface skimmer. What do you guys think?