Okay, so maybe not back to, as I never really had a fish only setup. But after 2+ years with the current setup, and not much luck, I've decided to reduce the time I spend just trying to keep things looking decent. And that means, at least for the near future a FOWLR
The current setup is a 72g BF with 85 lbs of LR
and a 4" sand bed. A seaclone 100 skimmer(I know, read below) 2 seio 1500gph powerheads and a biowheel 330(no wheels or pads, only carbon) Livestock is a 1.5 inch regal tang, a bi-color angel and a false perc. I have a few mushroom corals and a few pylops.
The plan is to ditch the sand bed. The reason for this is fairly involved. shortly after initial setup of the tank, I had a cirolanid problem. The tank was treated with interceptor. All the ciro's were killed along with I'm sure a lot of other sandbed microfauna. Sand from others tanks was added and things seemed to be fine. I now have some pods
although I don't think there is a huge amount. Also, when I started I didn't use RO
water. I'm on a well and it's loaded with silica. Even using the RO
I still have a littlesilica. I'm not using a booster pump and the pressure sometimes falls to below 45psi. A while back I added the seio's and this caused a bit of a sand storm and obviously diturbed the sand in a couple of spots, about the top 1.5 inches. At this time, and I contribute this to what was released from the snadbed, I lost two fish that had showed no prior issues and the corals looked horrible. I rode it out doing frequent water changes and as the sand settled things slowly went back to normal. I have since battled green hair algae, a huge outbreak, a burgandy algae and brown as well. Can't seem to get ahead of things. Anyhow, I believe the SB may be the cause of the outbreaks (constant really)
Starboard will be used on the tank bottom. The seio's will remain. I have an Aqua C remora pro with the mag 5 on it's way. I was thinking of ditching the 330 biowheel and getting a canister filter. I like the idea of it being self contained and quiet and as I'll be getting rid of the corals (already have a place for them to go) I think weekly water changes will keep nitrates under control. I don't want to do a sump because I don't like the noise and the thought of the issues that could happen if the power goes out(and that happens frequently here) and being a BF there is not much room under the tank anyway. I want to clean off the LR
. It has a nice coating of brown/green algae(remnants from the hair algea outbreak) Was thinking of two ways to do this. One would be to use a nylon brush in a tub of NSW
, the other would be, now don't laugh, a pressure washer. I know it would kill anything live on the rock but I bet they would be clean! So there it is, I'd love to hear your thoughts etc...