The main way I remove the nutrients are through water changes, once a week. Also my reef octopus (HOB
) protein skimmer. I dont have a sump.
The tanks 42 gallons and has been running a little over a year now. I have about 8 astrea snails, 5 nassarius snails, and maybe 5 little blue legged hermit crabs. As for fish two clowns and 1 firefish goby. I feed pellets or flake every other day and frozen mysis once or twice a week.
The rocks have little to no algae on them. I think im starting to see some come up after i scraped the glass though.
Also I noticed when I take a turkey baster to the lower rocks, I get clouds of debris. Also the sand bed gets pretty dirty, I try to vacuum the top layer when I do my PWC
. I have two 800 GPH
powerheads on opposite sides pointing towards one another. They were cheap ebay ones though. Maybe I need to upgrade them to 1200's
Heres a couple pics of the tank. You can see where I scarped the back glass.