Do a venturI driven skimmer not a wood block driven like the first one those are very hard to control and need a lot of attention. Do you have a sump?josh11551 said:I just ordered the saltwater master kit from API off of ebay for 24.90 . is that a good price? I will need to get the reef master kit later aswell...(maybe in a few weeks.)
Sorry Harpua but I totally disagree about skimmer. The skimmer works for many reasons One pulls unwanted algael that form in a tank that does not have one. second you have a point on dirty water but does have an effect toward deinitrafication such as higher nitrates from the cause of toxic break down. I would not want to do a water change every week no way in the long run you pay more for materials such as salt and water. Don't take this in a bad way I have had skimmers for since I started back in 1988 and have had big sucess at reefing and yes I have always used a skimmer.harpua2002 said:I would go with more than 4-5 nassarius, but a lot less than 150.
Honestly, for the corals you're wanting to keep, a skimmer is not necessary. All the corals we've discussed so far (frogspawn and other euphyllia, zoas/palys, mushrooms, acans, etc.) are corals that are known to like "dirty" water. When I say "dirty" water I don't mean to let up on your maintenance schedule, but just that skimming isn't necessary. I've actually known of a lot of reef club members that keep amazing looking sps corals, but have problems keeping mushrooms and zoas. The heavy skimming and pristine water quality that is needed to keep sps looking their best can actually be detrimental to the corals you've been liking.
There are very few circumstances under which a mandarin would thrive in a 29. Most don't accept prepared foods and slowly starve to death in captivity. Their diet consists almost entirely of pods, and they graze almost constantly. Without a refugium, the pods cannot maintain enough of a population to support a mandarin.