Hi, there is no need to use the skimmer but, the usual filtration method used with marines is the berlin method. This consists of live rock and a skimmer. There are other ways of filtering such as miracle mud in a refugeum, ULNS, vodka etc but I would say for a start use live rock and skimmer. That said the skimmer on this tank isn't the best, so you may chose an upgrade at some point. HTH Miles.
Hi Kieran, what's your feeding regime? Also what lighting do you have over your macro algae and how long is it on for? When I last had algae I ended up scrubbing the rocks with a toothbrush and syphoning of the algae as I scrubbed, then the CUC did the rest, this will only work long term though if you can get to the cause of the problem.
Its soul destroying when you have tried everything and it still wont go. Been there in the past. I find it a delicate balance between keeping nutrients down as low as possible, good systems for export and CUC to keep the tiny bits that naturally grow away.
What's your stocking like? Also what about your skimmer, lighting and flow? The other thing is that the salifert PO4 test isn't very accurate, having said that your algae will probably use it giving you a false reading. HTH Miles.
Thanks for your response. The tank certainly looks clean and clear. I have thought of trying a local nano as I live by the sea but I wondered about filtering , but what ever you are doing it seems to be working :) There is someone on another forum doing a local marine so I will see if he can shed any light. Miles.
OK so do these rocks act as a filter as live rock does or is there another form of filtering. Also if the rocks do act as a filter is the nitrogen cycle as complete as with the berlin method ie released into the air as nitrogen rather than stay as nitrates in the water? I am unsure if the correct bacteria would live/work at these temperatures and would be interested to know. Sorry for all the questions, Miles.
If the snail you have are pyram snails then some feed on other snails and some feed on clams. I would certainly want a positive id on them before putting either of the above in. If it is them I don't think they eat algae though. I had an outbreak of these for a while and had to scrub my clam every other day for weeks to get rid of them. Got there in the end but it was hard work. If you don't have a food source for them in your tank though, they will die out naturally. HTH Miles.
IME keeping iodine levels up is difficult as it either gets used or filtered out. Having said that from what I've read it is more important to have iodine present frequently and not so important to keep NSW levels. At the moment I'm dosing tropic marin iodine every other day and still get a reading of 0. I continue to test as this reassures me there is no potentially dangerous build up.
cheers, can only try. As always good advice and support here Been away all weekend so dont know what the latest is. I dont reckon she is through the worst yet though so may need more input, thanks again, Miles.