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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Okay from well over 13 years my wife used phosphate bags in the filter socks. Our tank rivaled within readon virtually most any soft Coral tank in most stores.
She always said, KISS "keep it simple stupid" & "we don't need all the industry pushed tech" , We can do it for far less $ "..Well like any aquarium hobbyist we all experience pitfalls but, she was mostly always right.

So this week I thought I would be "smart" and improve upon what she always did & I ordered sponges,fittings, a pump and hooked up a used Phosban 550 filter I got from a friend. ( Whom got rid of it) 1st clue!
1st:the pump
2nd: Two more hoses in very limited space.
3rd: Just try to get the damned sponges, filter disks on straight...all while trying to keep the stupid vertical tube from popping out of the lower fitting.
NO THANKS! It's now out in the yard awaiting the F-ing trash bin..Frustrated us a understatement!
Screw that thing!


Are there any easier reactors out there? With less crude fitting parts?
Is a canister filter a decent option?
Or do I just go back to what's always delivered darned good results..and w fine media bags dropped into the water flow filter socks.
I was just trying to improve the darned thing, not deal with a device that totals over 15 pcs to function.. after fiddling...

Since she passed, I've struggled w the tank, for the last 3 years, it's just a shadow of it's former self...I'd like to regain the good results.
I know it requires alot of work & TIME.
A reef tank, is a luxury that's for sure....:rolleyes:

Lemme know, I'd like to keep it cheap & simple as
Green Purple Water Pet supply Underwater

This was the tank 12 years as follows
1.) Just a sump &1 filterbag.
2.) 1 bag of Chemipure, bi-mon.
3.) 1 bag of Phoszorb, bi-mon.
4.) Monthly 25% waterchange w basic Rev Osm H2o
5.) Where things get different is the daily cleaning she could devote a half hour a day or more to the tank where I cannot...

Any hints, appreciated..time savers ,schedules,rules to live

Thanks in advance

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Green hair algae....

Here is what I have been doing....wrong
0.) FYI ...I lost all my fish & almost all corals the 1st month I moved 3.5 years ago.
It was a combination of a difficult move not being able to properly set up a tank for 2 weeks , and poor water quality where I moved very high minerals very high phosphates TS meter I believe was in the 600s. For tap water. Now it reads 3-6 on average after filtering. I'm still not sure exactly what happened? But it took out 90% everything in the tank. Still baffled and saddened at what happened.

1.) I use a reverse osmosis water.
2.) I have a decent protein skimmer.
Two fine micron filter bags.
20 gal a month water change on a 120 cube.
ONLY surviving fish, gas been my Mr. or Mrs Flame Hawk..My buddy's been w me 9-10 years now.
Without a phosphate reading that was alarming the local stores said it's perfectly fine water quality.
I have not been using any chemicals.... I had a massive algae bloom due to the poor water quality and getting my filters in the purification system working correctly which has receded immensely however we think there was just so much algae at one point that the tank just can't get rid of it all.

One thing to note is I have probably 125 lb of live rock? All this live rock is 20+ years old..yep that's correct. 20+ years this basic tank has been running the same rock🤪

So as of this week Ive put in half a pint of Phosguard in the filter sock, in a zip media bag.
And I have added four circulation power heads I have not had the power heads in since I moved.
I may add some phos free carbon? But I've never used it before.... Perhaps I'll do it intermittently?.

I'm going to run with this recipe let's say for the next 4 or 5 weeks and see if we can strip the green algae out of this tank.
I also have an older 36-in overhead LED fixture has like 40 bulbs in it..
I it's not the best light fixture in the world as we bought it about 10 years ago.... Something green......... From Canada if I recall.
I will buy a new modern one if I can get this tank back to where she was.

So now I have
circulation in the tank.
Protein skimmer
Monthly 30 gallon Water changes w Instant ocean reef crystals.

I'm thinking about adding a basic snail crab cleaning crew start small maybe with 25?

Open suggestions and guidance.
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