For the first year I didnt have a skimmer but in looking back, I was crazy NOT to have one. They pull a LOT of gunk out of the water and also help reduce trates for sure. My trates now have never been over 10 PPM
is harder to get rid of. Might consider a phosban reactor as they are cheap and VERY efficient. I have had PO4
readings as high as 4 and no harm was done to the fish. Now I have less than .1 on the PO4
Canninster filters are good, but only as good as you are at changing the media, pads, etc. That is why you see alot of people with large amts of trates is because they have these and dont tend to them as frequently as they should.
If I were you, add more LR
, take the cannisters out totally, or use them to run like carbon and such. Also look at a phosban reactor ($40 or less) and for sure skimmer. I too started off wanting ONLY fish, but one year into SW
, I went to corals! I predict you will too and dont know it!!!!