Hello 75 er. Glad your here and bet there are lots of friendly folks here that can help. First, I would heartily recommend a RO
unit so you can be sure the water you are using to mix salt with is good. You can find them on Ebay for around $100. (Sorry, that's reverse osmosis/deIonization). Second, there is some argument over maintaining 0 Na
. The presence of Na
just tells me that your "cycle" is working and as long as it does not get high, no problems. 20-40 is a little high mine usually stays a little less than 10 ppm
.Third, I cannot imagine trying to maintain a saltwater (SW
) tank without a skimmer, good, bad, or otherwise. I scrimped and bought a cheap Visi-Jet PS 100. Dang thing fell apart regularly but, well it did do some good. Bought an Aqua Remora C and it is a hard working mule of a skimmer. Simple to install, took a couple of weeks to break in so I had to empty a couple of times daily but now that I have it adjusted to where I want it no problems. I empty/clean daily and you'll be amazed at the crud it removes from the water! There also is some controvery in water changes (wc
) how often, how much..etc.. I have a 55 gallon that I do a 15% every other week UNLESS my tests reveal a problem or elevation in something undesirable ie; ammonia, Ni. I have never had a problem with either. I also keep a spread sheet that I began on day 1 when I put this tank together that contains every test and it's results, any additives, like Purple Up that have been added, new critters welcomed, etc. Anything new or changed I have a record so I can monitor any trends and tie back to a cause. This has worked for me. Good luck and keep us posted.