The protein skimmer will definitley help remove alot of waste from you water. What are the nitrates reading at now?
How big water changes are you doing? You may have to look into getting an RO
unit to make pure water for your tank. This will solve a lot of your problems, nitrates and algae if you are having any.
With the skimmer a few posts back, if you don't have a sump, yes, you'd need an HOB
skimmer. I just recently received the Aqua C Remora, and it's awesome so far.
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