My latest video discussed the Nyos 300 protein skimmer, including a full breakdown of all its parts.
Using it for six months, I'm quite familiar with how it operates and for the most part I didn't have to interact with it much. There was no need to constantly fiddle with the internal water level, in part because the skimmer zone of my sump maintains the same height at all times. Initially I used it just how it comes, but within a few days the waste collector was implemented to disable one pump if too much skimmate was exported. This is how I ran my previous skimmer as well, which not only keeps things clean
It's so simple, one has to wonder why no-one had thought of this before. Rod's Food is known for a variety of flavors, offering nutrition for tiny mouths all the way up to predator-size fish. Speaking to him recently, I found out that he's got a new blend coming out and this one will make every reefkeeper happy. What he's done is collected up all the known reef pests, carefully determined ideal ratios and created a new line that will help eliminate them once and for all. Here are some of the known ingredients:
Telling the difference between a living coral and a dead coral isn't always that easy to tell, especially with LED lighting flooding the tank with that ever-popular blue hue. Saltwater reef tanks can be challenging, and SPS (small polyped stony coral) is considered the true test of hobbyist husbandry. Even if you purchase quality equipment, maintain excellent parameters, carefully select reef-safe fish to populate your biotope, corals can be finicky. They may not like their neighbors,
The only time I think of Okinawa is because Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid trilogy) movie mentioned it way back in the 1980s. When I spotted some reef-worthy pictures from Okinawa in a facebook group, I was immediately impressed. A coral farm in Japan is right up my alley.
Mike Kirkpatrick was nice enough to share a bunch of images from his recent visit to Sea Seed in Yomitan Village, Japan.
Using carbon (GAC) will improve water clarity and pull out some pollutants in a reef tank. Active filtration will always exceed passive filtration. Rinse the media very well to remove all dust before installing a carbon reactor, and see the difference in your aquarium. Also, a reef update and a warning about the next video I upload.
If the tank was more than six months old when it crashed, you'll want to remove all the sand and rinse it well with a garden hose. This will remove trapped detritus and start fresh. Here's my blog about rinsing sand: http://www.reefaddicts.com/entry.php...-the-new-setup
All the rock needs to be fully submerged in saltwater with circulation. You can put them in a trashcan with a big pump, or two. I used a big Mag pump. I'd suggest once a week filling up a second trashcan with new saltwater about half way. As you