I've had my 55 gal
set up for 8 mo
. now and the warnings I had from people in here are coming true. I originally started with UGF
, on the advice of LFS
. After joining AA, many advised me to tear out the UGF
before I added too much. Well, I didn't listen and my tank parameters and algae were under completer control until I upgrade lighting about 2 mo
. ago. I faithfully do 12-15 gal
with R/O water from LFS
(have R/o unit ordered). Along with vacuuming.
With this outbeak though, I'm getting red slime covering my glass every 2-3 days. I've been treating with chemiclean, and it seems to be helping along with removing whatever I can. I really
cleaned evey part of the tank now, and it still shows up.
I know I have to find the root of the problem. I'm pretty sure it's the UGF
Here's the decision I need to make: LFS
recommends slowly removing all the substrate, then UGF
, and going bareback. A friend at work (who has been in the hobby for 20+ years) recommend I uncap the UGF
and run reverse power filters. He claims this works great in his breeder tank and he has his set up to see underneath.
Should I start out trying the reverse flow method, or go right to the teardown? I need to do something SOON.
55gal main tank as room divider (3 sides), Coralife (4) 65w Compact Fluorescent-2 actintic, 20gal sump with Mag Drive 500, (3) maxijet12oo for movement with wavemaker, Remora HOB
skimmer in sump, 1" CC
with 10lbs LS
, 70lbs LR
, 1 Pink damsel, 2 ocallaris clowns, yellow tang, neon gobi, Orchid Dottyback, hermits (red & blue), 1 arrow crab, 2 Peppermint shrimp, . Hitchhikers: (4) brown brittlestars, (4) emerald crabs, fleshy limpet, pencil urchin, britsle worms, feather dusters, plus sessiles (sponges) to ID