Hmmm....So the skimmer (at best) still wont be worthwhile then? I could always sell it I guess. I got it new for $31.00 on ebay. Its now going for nearly $60.00 plus shipping. Sheesh!
I have a mini fuge in the tank that basically is an acrylic basket holding a large mass of chaeto. My phosphates and nitrates test at zero, but I still have that annoying brown film stuff that grows on the sides of the tank. Looks like the tank is rusty! Haha! It only grows on surfaces with fast moving water. (Powerheads, tank sides, ect.) Doesnt grow on the rocks or sand at all.
If left for a week, this stuff gets hard and turns greenish. It smells AWFUL!
said that it means I have a nutrient problem, as they do not have that stuff in their tanks. They heavily skim and have massive sumps and whatnot though. They said that if done right, I shouldnt have any of this crap at all. They arent sure what it is, but know it needs nitrates and phosphates to live. They feel that whatever is feeding this stuff needs to be eliminated since I have acroporas. (Any nutrients means bad coloring for my acros)
I guess I will pull the skimmer. Sell it or trade or something.
included, seems to suggest sumps filled with macro to combat the crap but the problem is potential flooding and space. I live in a small apartment and had a tank spill already that resulted in a landlord being called while I was asleep! (5 gallons came out from a faulty AquaClear HOB
spilling). Water went down to the lower apartment and dripped down their walls. :censor:
The power goes out often here for some reason. A sump just seems quite dangerous to me in my situation. Plus, I couldnt fit more than a 5g tank below the 20g.
What should I do? The LFS
said I could try running large amounts of chemicals to abosrb phosphates and nitrates as an alternative. They are stumped as well seeing as I feed so little.
Im at my wits end! Haha! Only chaeto and this film grows in this tank. Besides that junk, its pristine!