Thanks wake49, that was basically my take on it as well. He comes right out and makes a point to be there to eat like everyone else, its not like I go looking for the shrimp to feed it. Well, Im beginning to think that these bottles of BIonic are going to go bad long before I ever need to use them! Ive gone more than two weeks now (almost 3) without doing a water change and Calcium and Alkalinity are a little low but still within safe range for the inhabitants.
Now I realise I dont have any great bioload in the tank right now so maybe it will change in the months to come when the tank is full of corals, but right now, I need to do a water change before needing to supplement anything. So now my question is, what are the reasons for doing a water change? Is the biggest factor to replace trace elements? Nothing tests out of range to warrant a water change, but obviously we dont have a test kit for everything.... My Nitrates have even dropped since decreasing the feeding amount so there wasnt so much waste. So the only reason I can see for me to do a water change is to replenish things I cant test for.
All in all, Ill say Im very happy with the way things are going. Ive havent made any additions since the corals and everything/everyone appears to be happy and healthy with extremely little maintenance. The only thing I have to do regularely is top off with RODI due to what I lose through evap/skimming. I bet I can go a month without emptying my skimmer cup.....
The only thing that concerns me is the algae Im seeing. Now dont get me wrong, its not horrible but there is some. I try and stay on top of it and scraped the glass the other day with a razor blade for the first time. Their is some red hair type algae on the rock my flower leather is attached to as well as getting a few small spots of some black kind of algae on the sandbed. I would really like to do a small sump but Im just not seeing any reason to justify the addition couple hundred dollar investment at this point. If I was having problems then it would be different, but things are just so easy at this point.
Im about to make another addition to the tank, possibly this friday. A BTA (Bubble Tipped Anemone) for the clowns. Ive done my research on anemones and feel this species is my best chance at success. Ill let everyone know if/when I get it. Cheer, -Mike.