For filtration I use BRS premium ROX .8 carbon (was convinced to buy it after watching their video about the different type of carbon they sell). But, any carbon will do really. That's weird how the chemi pure elite didn't work. I haven't seen really any bad reviews about it, but nice to know different experiences b/c I was thinking about eventually getting some. In addition to or instead of getting fish/inverts that eat hair algae, it would be best to find the source of the problem. What are your phosphates? If you do have phosphates, you could get a phosban reactor & media (GFO
) or a BRS reactor (either one can be used, although the phosban reactor is smaller, hangs on the back, and is more appealing) or you could just use a media bag.
I'm a sophomore in high school also, and I understand it is hard to maintain a saltwater aquarium. What I do (I have to make 15 gallons for about a 15% water change) is on a day like Wednesday or Thursday, I'll turn on the RO
system when I get home (water goes in a 30 gallon BRUTE trashcan) and at the end of the day, I turn it off and I'm left with about 10 gallons or so. Then I add salt and let it mix for 24 hours. Mine makes water incredibly slow too! It would be tedious if you had small containers instead of one big one to mix it in. Why do you need to make so many batches in one week?