04-04-2010, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by outpost
I don't even have a skimmer. A HOB and thats it. All I do as far as maintenance is scrub the glass once a week and do a 3 gallon water change along with it.
I have to point out that everything you said here applies. It is great that your system is running well and I wish you continued success, but for most people the practice of changing 10% of the water weekly and using a HOB filter has proven to be a disaster. This has been attempted thousands and thousands of times in the early stages of reef systems and is extremely well documented in the hobby literature. Over the long run, phosphates tend to build up causing pH and alkalinity issues. Simply replacing the hang on with a skimmer increases the stability of the system tremendously, as the skimmer removes
contaminants, which is vital in an enclosed system. The hang on does not remove organic waste from the water flow, it simply traps organics causing them to break down biologically.
Again, it is important that you read everything I just said. I am not saying your system can not work. I am not doubting your success. I am saying that your success is much more difficult to duplicate than when a skimmer is used.