What specific media are you referring too. Generally I would argue that live rock is the only biomedia you need and the foam can trap detritus which is converted to nitrates. My tank revolves around removing the trapped waste (which collects on my filter floss) very regularly. Biorings/Matrix I would keep but others are likley just doing ammonia processing which doesn't really help you.
Can you link me to the media basket? Here is what I printed and has been working wonders for me
Modified version of my chamber 2 basket for use in chamber 1, it doesn't go down as far as an intank media basket but does block off the slats to chamber 2 forcing the water down through the mediawww.thingiverse.com
Very similar IMO if it blocks some of the slots into chamber 2 and has a flow director.Mine looks a little different and has green trays to lay stuff on...
It is by these guys. It's back at home.
I was also referring to the "bio balls" that come with the Evo 13.5 if I should replace or keep them.
I will take pictures of what I have when I get home. The biological balls that come with the Evo are in a small bag about 1" Wide and 2" Long. It barely takes up space.Very similar IMO if it blocks some of the slots into chamber 2 and has a flow director.
You can always remove them after a month or so. I just think they would take up space. Personally I use floss at the top, polyfilter on the 2nd and carbon on the bottom. 1000 different ways to run this tank!
I got nothing on the biological media tbh. I would keep them in for the time being idk lolI will take pictures of what I have when I get home. The biological balls that come with the Evo are in a small bag about 1" Wide and 2" Long. It barely takes up space.
Also, what test kit do you recommend?
For one thing, I believe that you'll have to lighten up on the feedings. Uneaten food leads to raised phosphates, which leads to algae. With only three fish and a small system, the decomposition of food can spike parameters.
It appears as though your system has both cyano and dinos, two annoying algaes that occur during nutrient imbalances. A good solution is Chemiclean, which is effective against nuiscance bacteria such as cyano. I'm unsure of how it may affect beneficial bacteria, however, so you may want to double check on that.
I myself had a terrible algae problem for months. There were two excellent solutions to my problem.
One is the InTank Media Basket for chambers 1 and 2. After I installed them, any uneaten food or die-off was caught by my filter floss and broken down by microorganisms, and the display itself became much cleaner.
The second and more important thing is to have a good cleanup crew. Right now, I notice you have only two snails, and they're Margarita snails. Those are only truly effective with diatoms and detritus, and they tend to slowly starve because of their unique diet. Your tank would greatly benefit from nassarius, cerith, trochus, and astrea snails. The nassarius and ceriths are excellent in stirring the sandbed and keeping algae from settling. Trochus and astreas are both algae-eating machines. I'd recommend at least five nassarius and ten astreas. You will definitely notice a difference there.
As far as your sixline's problem goes, I'm unsure if you'll be able to suppress its aggression for long. They're notoriously aggressive for small wrasses, and in a fluval evo, they claim the whole tank as their territory. I myself had to pass on getting one for this reason. You could try to rescape or add more rocks to both provide more hiding spaces and to confuse the aggressive fish.
Your tank is looking great, and it really just takes a lot of time to get it right. I myself am having some troubles, but it's all part of the tank's development. Good luck!
Definitely keep us updated I want to for sure see how it works out for you!@NeonRabbit221B
Here is what I have at the moment. I need to probably buy some bigger filter socks for the ChemiPure Blue stuff.
So I guess the important thing is add filter media to each chamber, but don't completely fill each chamber to allow flow?
AND, here are some pictures of where I just put my dying Goni and dying Chalice. The chalice was in the shade, but I noticed it was receding and not looking healthy. So I moved it to the far right of the tank cause I thought a change of scenery might help it. The Gonipora started off in the shade but here is where I ****** up. There was about a dozen polyps on it and it was actually looking okay. Started it off in the shade. Noticed it was growing tube worms or god knows what on it. I decided to dip it in RO for 10 minutes... dang near killed it. Never doing that again. So now there are only 5 polyps left and it is struggling. I have been spot feeding it but I fear it is on it's way out.
Chalice far right corner (unless you tell me otherwise).
What is left of the Ruby Gonipora and moved higher up per your recommendation. (or someone here did I forget)
I really appreciate all the input from you guys. Can't get an expert on my tank if I paid $400 dollars.
I am going to make this transition slowly.Definitely keep us updated I want to for sure see how it works out for you!