About three weeks ago I turned off my protein skimmer since it stopped producing any waste. Since then I have tested my water every day and have yet to see any ammonia or nitrites. Nitrates stay at a barely traceable level.
My tank has a pretty large bioload:
2 false percs
2 Blue Chromis
1 banggai cardinal
1 yellow watchman
1 small Yellow Tang
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
1 emerald crab
20 hermits (scarlet and blue legged)
7 snails (turbo and
Various sift corals
The tank is a 46 gallon without a sump (will be upgraded soon)
1" sand bed
45 pounds of rock (started with about 15 pounds if live rock)
RO-DI only for top off and for making saltwater.
Coralline algae is out if control, there is no sign of nuisance algae, sponges are starting to pop up, copepods are all over the place, and I am seeing a ton more of those tiny brittle stars. My base rock is entirely covered with coralline algae. Everything looks extremely healthy on the surface.
Am I playing with fire by removing the protein skimmer out of the mix? I know live rock and sand are the basis of any marine filtration system but I didn't think it would be working this will with the bioload I have in such a relatively small tank.
The tank was started 6.5 months ago and has been extremely stable thanks to the help of the Pasfurs, Wakes, etc. of the world. Posted via Mobile Device