My tank has been going for nearly a year now. It is a 29 gal
with a bit over 40# of live rock and 130W PC
lighting. The tank houses 2 ocellaris clowns, a peppermint shrimp, skunk cleaner shrimp, blue leg hermits and an assortment of snails. The water parameters have steadily been:
Nitrate: negligible (zero for all practical purposes)
Phosphate: negligible (again, as close to zero as I can see on the test kit)
I haven't had significant issues with algae growth until relatively recently (just a bit of growth on the walls which has been easily controlled). I picked up a candy cane coral a couple of months ago and it has been healthy (from a relative newbie perspective). However, it had some sort of macroalgae on it that initially was missed. It is green and grows in sort of a Y shape. It had gotten to the point where it was engulfing some of the smaller heads of the coral. I started pulling it off manually, but it has gotten to the point that I need to do so every week.
I am currently running without a skimmer, but that was a purchase I was planning on finally making next month. I had also been planning on installing a sump, but for both financial and time reasons, that may have to wait until about the end of the year. Assuming I keep limiting it manually, are these upgrades likely to help? Is there something else I should be doing?
Thanks in advance,