I forgot to mention that my 28 gal
is a monaco system. It's been only about 2 months but the LR
are matured for about a year. I have done some more readings and the system is very effective in removing phosphate even without a skimmer. It also says that it is normal to have algae within 6 months and after that minimal maintenance is required. I will have to see if it is true for another 4 months. My acans started with only 4 large heads and now they have grown 4 more heads after a month. The zoas are still not fully opening though.