Thanks for the welcome and for all the advice already absorbed and to come.
I have always had amazingly good luck with my tanks. I used my tried and true "buy the good one from the start and it should, in theory, work better" technique.
Unfortunately, that doesn't help the fact that I am a complete slacker when it comes to my tank. I don't maintain it nearly as much as I should.That has now caught up to me, and I am ready to "Buck Up" and properly maintain this immense expenditure. Better late than never, right?!
Recently, I had an almost total die off. Just 1 rather large Domino left (the biggest jerk of a fish, no less) CATASTROPHIC is a good word...
There is now a ridiculous bloom of algae all over all my rock. I've discontinued exposure from the MHs to help quell the outcrop.
Figure it's time to get serious...
-First i think I'll use another bin of H20 to give all the rock a good "shake off". Hopefully removing most of the crap built up while trying to preserve whatever is left alive and beneficial on the rock. I'll try to keep the rock as submerged as much as I can to prevent die off here.
-I think it would be wise to keep maybe 20% of the water. Maybe just leave the sump untouched. Contains some clean rubble and miracle mud between the intake and output sections.
-While the rock is out I think i will build a closed loop circ system with one of the many Mag Drives I have laying around. I would like this to keep the water a little more turbid to allow less waste to settle. The "squid" water diverter looked like a good idea, but almost all of the reviews complain of premature failure. Not cool for 90 bucks...
-Rebuild rock structure
-Fill with new H20
-Buy new livestock
Simple Right... hahaha
Any and all Advice or Expectations would be greatly Appreciated
Thanks very much in advance...
Also, has anybody used this "Aquaripure" deal?? Looks interesting. Any downsides, besides the price?