I should clarify my situation a bit:
Right now the tank is FOWLR
. I originally had plans for a reef, and it would be great to get there one day, but if I can't get the levels to somewhere reasonable and keep them there without excessive maintenance, then I may just pass on corals and maybe get some more aggressive fish down the road -- someone should just tell me now that it's not feasible to have cuttlefish at home
My protein skimmer is a Tunze 9006.
Tunze Comline DOC Protein Skimmer
It says it's rated for up to 158 gallons, and there are about 180 total gallons in the system, but it's much smaller than other skimmers (that's why I got this one). It works quite well (after a little bit of tweaking) and will produce a nice cup full of nasty stuff every week or so, but is it "adequate?" I don't know. Unfortunately, if I wanted to beef up my skimming, the best I could do is maybe cram another Tunze (maybe the same size? It might be kind of tight) into my sump, right next to the other one.
In fact, all of the specs on my tank(s) are on this page:
Tank Specs | Adam's Flog
It's up to date except for the fact that the chaeto isn't really any significant size anymore, I don't feed every day anymore, and I'm on the massive-water-change-as-often-as-possible schedule instead of once a week. The video on that page shows the area under the tank decently well, which is all I have to work with in terms of space for extra stuff.
I did a quick search on Google to find out how Bio Pellets work, since many people have suggested them. I found this, which used little words that I could understand!
How Do Bio-Pellets Work? - Blogs - Reef Addicts
So if this is what I have to work with, and this article is mostly accurate, I should have enough skimming power to at least have *some* bio-pellets that will work at least a little bit, right? Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I follow this Start-Small strategy, I'll just get to the point eventually where it will do as much good as it can and then I stop, right? So my questions are:
How do I tell when to stop and/or if it's not working right?
Can I put this thing right by my skimmer? Should it be completely submerged?