This is my tank. It has been running for about a year now. Its a cadlights 22gal tank LED with built in refugium. As you can see I am fighting a algae problem and massive amount of aptasia. They are even in the refugium. Recently my pump broke. I ordered a new one already. I need some serious help on fixing this tank. Im not sure what to do. Heres what livestock I have
2 mated clowns
yellow clown goby
Paired pistol and goby
Lots of snails, they multiplied cant count now.
1 favia coral
and 4 polyps of zoas
The rest of my corals were killed by the aptasias that took over. I really got lazy on this tank working crazy overtime at my job and going to school full-time. I really want to get this thing back running. I want to be able to be successful and not have a crappy looking tank. Im looking to invest but not a crazy amount. I am a student strapped on cash. I am running this tank completely stock. I only have filter floss in 1st chamber and rock rubble in the bottom. THATS IT!! I know thats my problem but what are suggestions. Here is my plan to keep this tank maintained.
-submerge all live rock into RO water to kill all aptasia
-ditch sand and get new
-keep filter floss in 1st chamber
-keep 2 week water changes on check (dont get lazy this time)
-get mini protein skimmer 115 (what chamber works best?)
-keep rock rubble
-run media purigen and chemi pure elite (what size media bags and how often should I change) (should I run activated carbon or will chemi pure eite do the job? ive heard different theories?)
-2nd chamber use cheato
-maybe a GFO?!? is there something small enough and will it hurt my pocket to much?
I want a setup that lets me slack off a little. I dont want to be completely lazy. you must understand Im working 50hr weeks, attending part-time school, and I have a family to care for. It has not been easy. I just want to be able to procrastinate a water change 3 to 4 days if that is possible. One of my main concerns is how do I start over?!?! I really dont want to get rid of my fish. I want to keep them and I see no way of that happening if I decide to start the tank over ( and I think I really need to theres about 30 aptasia in the back compartments). I am stumped. I appreciate any advice. Thanks alot guys