My phosphates are zero only because I run ClearMax in my canister filter. (Or at least this is my theory). They were 0.5ppm (pretty high) before the ClearMax and then zero later that day.
No idea how the Nitrates made their way down to zero, unless Crocea Clams eat them up in considerable amounts.
It may seem like overkill, but I was also hoping to raise copepods so that one day I could get a Mandarin?
Also, if it would let me stretch out the time I do PWC
...Anything to lessen the need for those! (such a hassle)
Diatoms are no longer spreading, and Cyano
looks to be stuggling. Coralline algea is FINALLY showing up on my base rocks I put in two months ago. Seems a mini refugium would be a fun project?
How does the lighting go with these things? I know it shouldnt cost much, but how long to I run the bulbs? What time of day, ect?
Finally, I see people putting baffles and whatnot into these AquaClear mods. Are they needed? Any reason to have a pre filter on them? My water is pretty clear due to an over powering Fluval 305. Could I get by with simply putting a screen over the spillway on the AquaClear and then sticking some macro algea in there?