Had a Aquamedic Turbo Floater 1000 from 20 years ago, using that as my skimmer.
Went to buy a 2nd hand light from a guy, he has a complete marine tank, all brand new , never used, bought a Sicce return pump for R500, 4 T5 light fixture R1000, and heater r250. Ready to rock and Roll.
The way I see it, I do biological( large coral ), then my algae should take out whats left, then fine filtering through sand bed, then anything left over is skimmed out. Did some research and most people do agree with you, but mostly for water levelling purposes.
I hate being stubborn. I am running a dry trickle system in my overflow, which should minimize on detritus. I know I need to clean it regularly , as well as my bio balls in my external canister. I just think I am going to run as much filtration as possible , till I have enough healthy live rock. Then slowly remove all and just skim. There are a few changes I will have to make soon, but will do them all at once. getting decent live rock at a reasonable price is quite a task.