Originally Posted by Minkota
Skimmer is working ok at best, I have tried 4 different skimmers (octopus, 2 different AquaC, and a eshoppes) and they all work about the same it will pull about 1/4" of light green skim mate about every 3 days and every now and then it will start pulling a few cups out in a days time. Currently I am running an AquaC EV 120 it seems to work the best of the 4 I've tried.
I think I might. Have better results if I could get the skimmers to work better. The phot is about 2-1/2 to 3 days worth of skimming.
is approx about 1" to 1-1/2" deep, I have considered removing it but my Wrass buries himself at night so I'm not sure I want to remove that security from him.
I have read your posts that you mentioned and I am considering cooking the rock, I just have soo much rock appox 300lbs.
I think the rock may be the source and it is just leaching large amounts as I am taking it out.
Try this: take a few pieces of live rock and put them in a tub with fresh saltwater, a heater (if needed) and a power head for a day. Test the water before you put it in just to make sure you are at 0. Test the same or similar time the next day and see what your readings are. I would actually do it over a few days just make sure you have good circulation. The point is, if it is coming from the rock then as long as you keep up on water changes, run your skimmers, and GFO
, it will eventually dissipate (at least that's what I'd read a while back). The only reason I did it was because I was starting to notice little places that had fine brown algae. Since your sand bed isn't super deep, you could actually siphon small bits of it and deep clean it each time you do a water change. That may help as well. Phosphate issues are frustrating especially when you are doing everything right.