Hello, new to the site and looking for some advice.
I hooked up a bak pak protein skimmer last weekend and I don't know if it's working correctly. Since I hooked it up, I've only collected about 1/2 cup of smelly green liquid in the collection cup.
In the body of the skimmer there is a lot of buildup of a brown slimy sludge. Is this normal? None in my tank except for around the intake and output of my emperor 400 filter. Looks like brown hair algae, but not sure?
Calcium 300 (I'm working on this)
Nitrate between 20-40
I've been having some Nitrate issues since moving my tank about 3 weeks ago. With pwc
got them down from around 100 to 20 or so, but no lower. I removed the biowheels and pads from my filter and added two more powerheads. I now run the filter with just the carbon cartridges.
Any advice on how to get it down further besides more pwc
? ( 3 of 20% i n last 2 weeks to get to where I'm at now ) I use RO
water and it tests 0 Nitrates and PHos. Not sure if I want to use AZ NO3
. I've read good and bad things about it. I want to increase my cleanup crew by adding some more snails, crabs, and a couple of cleaner shrimp but I'm scared of the high nitrates.
What do you think?