So it came down to the MiniQ and the AquaMax HOB 1.5, both get great reviews. My biggest concern with the Aquamax was that it's pulling water out of the tank, and it just felt riskier. I do think the 1.5 is a clear upgrade.How do you like the skimmer? Do you feel like it's helpful and worth the cost?
So it came down to the MiniQ and the AquaMax HOB 1.5, both get great reviews. My biggest concern with the Aquamax was that it's pulling water out of the tank, and it just felt riskier. I do think the 1.5 is a clear upgrade.
However, the MiniQ does it's job. I need to use some foam and floss to stop the microbubbbles, but I can live with that Since using it, my pH has been more settled, and it does skim pretty well. For $90 CAD, I feel it was worth it.
There is a part of me that wonders if I should convert that section to a fuge or even just LR to help keep the pod population up, but for now, I am happy.
Gonna have to take some notes on this. Very similar setup to my own except I have the 40g im. What settings are you using on your lights? I just got the second AI Prime in today. One was ok but there are definite shadows on the edge.
I ended up taking the return flow nozzles off entirely on my tank because my dwarf ceriths would repeatedly get stuck and die in the end of it.
I recently started a fuge in that chamber using the Fuge caddy from InTank Aquatics. I have a 50 gal. It seems to work decently enough but because I'm lighting it from behind the tank, algae builds up on the back wall of the tank and reduces light penetration over time if I don't keep it scrubbed down. My phosphates have been higher than I'd like even after the fuge addition, though. It helped initially, but then I switched from a sock/fleece combo to dual filter fleeces. Because the filter fleece is 500 micron instead of 200 my nutrients started to increase again. I'm hoping the fuge catches up otherwise I'll need to add a skimmer, too.
I was wondering how to do that (with the light). So did you remove the paint off the back?
I was thinking something like this to avoid removing the paint, but not sure how well it would work. It would also slightly stick out of the water lagoon's second chamber, so I'd have to block the top part.