hi there! just stumbled upon these forums and ill just say, this is awsome!!
anyways, i have had a saltwater tank in the past and had fun learning and keeping up with it, but the filtrs and acessories were a bit essentric. i revamped my system (the fire fish i gave to a friend, along with a damsel or two) because i had to save up and buy new parts n such. well now my (35...38 gallon?) is pretty decked out, i bought a CPR sump and overflow. and i built a dual trickle filter out of 4 inch ABS tubing, with PVC
shavings within the tubes. (the hatchery i work at has 3 trickles of greater proportions, but has the same design; thats where i got the idea). and its a whisper quiet system. how ever...
i have a protien skimmer that i used to use on the old setup of the tank (i hate it, its so big and awkward and noisy, it worked great but was just an eyesore) do i have to contine useing this? i mean it can go in the sump but its messy and noisy and i'd rather not. i hear people saying protien skimmers if you dont have a filter, or protien skimmer regardless if you have a filter or not...what do you people think?
secondly, my current hood, being a compact flourescent, with dual florescent/actinic lighting that i got for x-mas a year ago, got salt in the switches and one of the switches melted and correded away, i still have one working light but this happened yesterdayand i have two damsels in the tank, so im somewhat desperate, out of cash, and have an option open to me. my uncle is giving me a sattelite hood, which is 3 inches shorter in length then my older model. but it comes with 2x65w dual daylight dual actinic lights. is that 130 watts of light, or just 65? i've read in a few places that its good to have 4 watts per gallon and my tank is like a 35 gallon tank.so that means i need to have 140 watts (approximately) fo
the tank? or is that only when it comes to dealing with anenomaes and corals (this is a fish only tank btw
, forgot to claim that earlier)
3rdly, after about 8 days of running, 3 days with the damsels, there is a cloudyness to the tank, thats seeems slightly green. i've tested the water, nitrites are non exsistent, and ammonia is barely present and the fish seem happy and the like. but this "green fog" as i will dub it, bothers me. and its a slight cloudyness too, like you really can only notice it when the light is off on the tank. (the one bulb that still works)
and i wish i found this place like 3 days ago cause i would have done the fishless cycleing lol, but to late now
i will know for next time!!! thanks for the help! (still kinda newbie to SW
, developing as i go!)