Glad to hear the lighting schedule success. I put mine on Natural mode straight out of the box and haven't turned back. The only thing I keep forgetting to do is to turn OFF the silly storms. I turned it on initially just to check it out, for the cool video factor to show off and basically convince myself that $800 for a light was worth it. Now it comes on once in a while and scares all the fish...
Keep forgetting to turn it off.
Any way, I swear you and I have the same issues. My sump and the bottom of my skimmer need a cleaning like no tomorrow. I just noticed the other day when I shined a flash light looking for a cord end. No algae in mine, but a ton of detritus build-up. Can't be good.
I've upped my GFO
and Carbon changeout schedule to once a month - six weeks. It was every three, but I've noticed that if I wait more than a month or so, the water starts getting the greenish tint back, and the cyano
starts encroaching a bit more.