He assures me that if I keep up with water changes and testing and know my tank I wont have too many problems.
That's the key. You could probably skip the UG filter, do a 10% daily PWC
and be just as effective. You'll most likely continue to have high nitrates but if you vacuum the substrate when doing the pwc
you should be alright for a FO
That brings you to the testing phase of the maintenance.
The reason for going with a DSB
, PS, 1Â½-2 lbs of LR
., etc is to reduce the frequency of the required PWC
while maintaining stable tank chemistry.