I am in the process of resealing my sump tank and I am working on baffle layout. I have 5 baffles cut for my sump tank, and looking at it, I was wondering about simplification. Does anyone think there would be an issue with Algae if I were to house my algae skimmer/ nirite snail colony in the same compartment as my lavarock / other bacteria filtration compartment? My original layout plan was to go -> Intake+ initial mechanical filtration flow under -> Algae skimmer flow over -> lava rock+ other bacteria friendly media compartment #1 flow under-> Lava rock + other bacteria friendly media compartment #2 flow over -> additional mechanical filtration flow under -> Return pump and mechanical ammonia filtration.

I was thinking of cutting back to 3 baffles, and having my algae skimming in the same compartment as my first biological media (lava rock) component. So I guess my main question is do I need to separate my algae skimmer from my biological filter compartments?