I've got a 130 gallon tank with about 175lbs of live rock in it. The tank is just about 3 weeks - 1 month old and is the type of tank is an MJ Baolai. The system comes complete with cabinet, sumps and tank of course. The tank comes with 2 plastic rectangular bucket type sumps. Each is about 15 gallons and is joined by pvc plumbing. The water coming from the tank enters the first sump, which then overflows into the second sump.
I want to introduce some mechanical filtration via foam/floss and charcoal. The first sump can be sectioned off so that floss etc can be inserted. Withinn the same first sump, after the mechanical filtration there will be a protein skimmer which flows into the second sump. So the second sump is fed via the protein skimmer and the overflow from the mechanically filtered water. The clean water is then pumped back up to the tank via a submersible pump in the second sump. I also have 2 wavemaker blowers inside the tank, one on each short side of the tank. This creates a nice current inside the tank and some surface activity as well. Hope I'm clear enough.
The water is returned to the tank via a hose with a 90 degree fitting at the end which creates bubbles in 1 corner of the tank. Should I have aeration in other areas of the tank as well via airstone etc?
My readings are as follows:
I know my salinity is a bit low and this will be remedied today.
I've got 4 fish in my tank and they are a triggerfish (who's going back to the shop today), two wrasses and a clownfish.
The only filtration I've got currently is my live rock. As mentioned above, I'm going to add floss and charcoal later on today.
There's a bit of surface scum developing and I need to know a bit more about surface skimming. The water has a very slight haze or cloudiness to it. IIs this the surface scum mixing back into the water? How can I get rid of this? Is there a complete system I can purchase?
Thank you all for reading.