Ok. Yesterday I removed my whisper power filter and replaced it with a penguin biowheel 150(I wanted the biowheel in case I needed to quarantine) and the Marineland 150 is much smaller. I put 2 pouches of Purigen and 1 pouch of Carbon in it with some liveRock rubble to hold it down the pouches. When you smell it it smells of Ammonia.
Also my Turboflotor Multi. Is gathering some dark black sludge that stinks like rotten moldy fungus(my experience with skimmer sludge stench is limited to my 3weeks experience with a skimmer)
when I smell my tanks water I don't really smell anything.
I tested my water as I am doing weekly with my API testkit NH3
(0) PH(8.4) CA2+(360) Hagen test KH
I want more accurate testing and was looking at Salifert test kits(I hear there the best but they are not cheap) I am thinking if I get the Salifert Nitrate/Magnesium/Calcium/Alkalinity I should be ok(like 80bucks)for 50 tests And still use the API for PH/Ammonia/Nitrite
Does the biowheel filter smell of ammonia because it is removing it from my tank. And I figured the Skimmer sludge wouldn't smell like roses or anything but should it stink up the kitchen..