I went to the LFS
last weekend and I am saddened that my tank looks like a septic tank compared to their system. I realize that they have huge systems and very expensive filters and people that work on it 40 hours a week but I think my tank should look better.
I don't know if it is a algae issue or lack of filter issue or what? Green algae grows on the sides of the tank and on the substrate.
It is a 29g. The tank is about 8-10 months old. I have 50 lbs of live rock which is very colorful and looks healthy. I have a Aqua C Remora skimmer that gets emptied every day. 2 power heads for flow. I do 5 gal
water changes every other week (unfortunately not with RO
water). I also scrape the sides from the green algae every weekend. PowerCompact lights are on 14 hours a day.
All the water measurements are 0 except nitrate at 40 (and i cant get it down for some reason).
Bio load includes 2 clown, 3 damsels, gobey and turbo snails, hermit crabs, and a shrimp.
So with all those stats, do I need another filter (carbon based)? Should I invest in RO
water? What would help me most improve the look of the tank? Thanks.