08-15-2009, 04:46 PM
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I was determined to make this reef a sucess without tearing it down and starting over. I decided that my UG would stay, and I would keep after the nutrients with water changes. When I realized that I couldn't do that satisfactorily (I was doing three 15% WC a week) I bit the bullet and began my research on buying a skimmer. A quiet one was a must, and it had to fit in my 20 gal, and it had to have good reviews and recommendations. I reviewed, and compared, and read, and measuured, and made phone calls to mfgs until my eyes began to water.
On Tuesday of this past week, I installed my venturi designed Seaclone 100, and it's working even better than I had hoped. AND - it's quiet - really quiet. I also placed a small bag of Seachem de-nitrate in a small, low flow HOB filter. Again - a big surprise. Just as soon as I get a good picture uploaded to my web site I'll post it, with my results of the past week, and my latest water parameters.