The biggest thing with the bio-pellets is to direct the reactor outflow to the skimmer input. That will clear up the bacteria coming out and help prevent the white tank syndrome some people have seen. Start with half the recommended amount of pellets, wait a month and then add the rest. That also helps. Everything happens within the reactor, so water changes won't affect it.
Other than that continue with all other normal maintenance.
Due to my back problems I was unable to do any work under the tank. I was also working 14+ hour days and some work on weekends for a business project on a very tight schedule so even pwc
's suffered, as did my tank.
I am now running both GFO
and bio-pellets again. I'm expecting my back problems to start getting better in a few weeks due to a new procedure, so I expect to be able to keep up with my normal maintenance activities.
Keep having fun. The one thing to keep in mind is that we are by nature tinkerers. There's always a new and sometimes better way to do things in our home bit of the ocean to make it more natural. Bio-pellets is one of them. DSB
were the thing 10 years ago. Last year I replaced my MH
's. No more fans for cooling.
I'm thinking about 'cooking' my LR
now (it's 10 years old). That will give me the opportunity to buy some new LR
(uncured) to re-seed the tank with some new life. I also buy new detrivores at least once a year to reseed the sand bed, etc. It never ends.