I am at a sort-of crossroads. I have a 55-gal
set up for over a month in which I was advised by LFS
to start with 20lb live rock and hardy fish, coral substrate. My existing set-up was with UGF
and two power heads, std fluorescent lighting, once again, LFS
advised that would be fine for FOWLR
. Everything is going great. I'm cycled, fish are fine (2 perculas, 2 damsels). I just recently added 20 blue hermits and 3 turbo snails. They are doing fine, cleaning off the rock. It looks great.
Here's the dilemma... I want to add more live rock from liverocks.com and have been talking to the owner. His first concern was my copper level, which I had tested and can't find a trace. plus the inverts are doing fine. But, he feels that the UGF
is the wrong way to go for this type of set up and I should really consider removing UGF
and basically start over with LS
. I'm thinking of just adding protein skimmer, upgrading lighting, get an RO
unit, and maybe adding more flow via another power head. I'm set up to do weekly 5 gal
water changes with vacuum, which I plan increase as needed.
Has anybody out there had success using UGF