So, I’m thinking this little Fluval skimmer is more trouble than it’s worth. Been fiddling with it since day one and really can’t seem to get it dialed in. I think I’m just going to remove it and use that chamber for additional filter media.
Also plugged the hole in the false wall today. I cut a piece of 1/8” Lexan the size of the chamber and inserted it between the false wall and the media basket.
Yea! My wife already made me pick her up a new turkey baster. I’ve been using hers every other day to blow off the rocks like you said. LOL!Good luck with your build. I went rimless with my Evo and updated lighting to a AI Prime 16HD. The stock lighting/cover was overheating my tank in the summer, even with Air Conditioning. I wanted a little better carbon and phosphate remover than just pulling through the media in chamber 1 so I setup a reactor and used the stock fluval return pump placed in chamber 2 to power the reactor. I do not need to turn it on much to keep levels low in this size tank, maybe an hour or two / week. You do a gallon water change a day? Cool...your nutrient levels will be low for sure. I perform roughly a 25% water change weekly. I battled GHA at months 4-6, depressing for sure but using Phosphate E for me cured that. With your daily water changes, you might not see GHA. I recommend you start getting in the habit of blowing off your rocks with a turkey baster 2 to 3 times a week. So much crud sits on the rock and ups your phosphate levels. Your testing will show low levels because it is not in your water column but it will be on your rock. Blasting the rock will get it out of there so you can filter/remove it with water changes.
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