And your welcome!
Alright guys, here is a pretty big update.
So I got my skimmer today (AquaC EV 120 with Mag 7 pump) and it fit like a glove. I had my first chamber to fit this skimmer perfectly. Skimmers go through a break in period but this thing started skimming within an hour. I tried to tune it a bit but it start skimming again. So I'm letting it do it's thing. The skimate is a pretty dark brown color. It isn't too wet but not too dry. I guess I had some nasty stuff in my tank. It's funny, because my tanks water clarity is amazing. It got so much more clear. My dad even noticed and I hadn't even told him I put the skimmer in already. So it made a huge difference. I am very happy with this skimmer.
It's really sturdy and solid. Build quality is amazing, and the design is brilliant. Very easy to tune and not complicated. The barbed fitting on the collection cup is a great feature. I'm using a bottle for now so the cup won't overflow when I least expect it. I'll wait until I can afford the AquaC Auto-Waste Container. Overall, it's a great skimmer.
I had to raise it about 2 inches, but just enough room so I can take off the collection cup. You only need about 1" of room to take it off.
I also put some eggcrate in between the first and second chamber for 2 reasons. First, it won't let me cheato sneak into the first chamber and get inside my skimmers pump. Second, my snails and crabs are too big to get through it. I put some critters in there to sift my DSB and I don't want them getting sucked into the pump.
I also put some eggcrate in between my bubble trap so it will suspend my foam pad and carbon. It won't get as dirty and it much easier to clean.
So last night I was staring at my fuge for like 30 minutes and found a tiny brittle star on my rocks and I got pretty excited but then I noticed something else.
I saw this little microscopic white thing move across my glass. I take a closer look and there are hundreds off them. Looks like a got copepods in my fuge. Then tonight I took a look inside my tank and they are all over my glass. So I'm pretty happy about that.
It's also been one week since I've added my cheato and it has, no joke, quadrupled in size. It just don't stop growing. It looks bigger everyday.
My chromises are really happy, eating very well, always active. I see the big one picking on the small one sometimes but then the small one grew some balls and started stealing his food lol
I also got my clean up crew today from LiveAquaria.
They came very well packaged. First time ordering from them and I am very impressed. They all came alive and well.
1 Emerald Crab
15 Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
10 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs
10 Astraea Turbo Snails
15 Cerith Snails
3 Nassarius Snails
I probably get more when there is more source of food. I dont have that much live rock and my diatoms are half gone now. So they are really cleaning up.
I hope they don't starve.
Now for some pictures. I know you guys like pictures :D