Depends on what it is at the bottom of the pool. I rarely get many leaves at the bottom of the pool, now that I have a skimmer robot, but after a rain I’ll have hundreds of earth worms. Also when I cut my grass it’s completely unavoidable to kick some dirt into the pool. The skimmer bot doesn’t do anything for worms before they sink. I run my dolphin at least three times a week regularly and every night if it’s raining and after I mow the lawn.@MyAZPool Thanks for the writeup! Another reason I love TFP.
I don't have a surface skimmer yet (only a Dolphin bottom feeder) but I am seriously looking into one. I typically do not leave my Dolphin in the pool 24/7; instead I remove it once its cleaning cycle is done. So...I guess I could turn off the solar skimmer whenever the Dolphin is in the pool and avoid the confliction solution you so eloquently documented .
However, I could see your solution as a great one for times when we are away from home. Being retired we tend to pack up and leave for 2-3 weeks at a time and during these times I would want to have both robots in the pool concurrently.
I am envisioning needing to run the Dolphin less frequently after deploying a surface skimmer such as the Ariel, simply because the debris won't have a chance to sink. Do others find that to be the case?