Monday...Monday...Monday...Fracking Monday! I came home Monday to find my skimmer pump not working. Oh noes! I went through the club and found a dealer in town and he said he doesn't have any in stock and it's been three weeks since his order went in and that he expects a shipment next week.
Fast forward to today. I was really worried about running without a skimmer. Can I tell? Yes I can. My nitrates have started to climb. 5ppm for now. I've prepped a 30% water change, that would be a week early and about 10% more water than I would normally do. Who says skimmers don't work. I've had effectively 0 ppm for months.
The up side is my macro algae is beginning to take off big time and my Zoas seem brighter in color. Could I have skimmed too hard before?
I did a check on params and this is what they looked like:
Salinity = 1.025 (this is where I keep it)
Ph = 8.0 (I know a little low)
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Calcium = 440
dKh = 10
Phosphate = 0
Nitrates = 5ppm
Magnesium = 1470
so you see, everything is pretty much on target. I've been watching a couple pumps on ebay, I'll snag one if I need to. I holding for now.