Hello everyone, as you can see I am new here and I am liking the advice everyone has been giving. I started off with a 15 gallon freshwater tank, and little to know at the time of me starting it of course like many others; I did not know about the cycling process. Of course the LFS
didnt tell me anything about this, and just added on to my buying list. I am changing this 15 gallon tank into a quarantine tank, unless anyone advices against it and turning it into a sump. Which is simply another area I have questions for.
At the LFS
they have a $190 kit, with a $20 mail in rebate for a 55 gallon tank, hood/lights, filter, heater, and just the basics. I do not plan on using this filter as a primary filter in my 55 gallon tank, but I figured it couldn't do any harm using it in general could it? I have been looking around, and for a 55 gallon tank by it self is usually $105, plus a 48" or 2 24" hoods will come out to around $80 not including lights. So Honestly I figured it couldnt be to bad of a deal, simply because of the tank hood and heater which comes with it. If I am wrong on this, please let me know. I plan on using live sand, from what everyone is saying; it helps more for a buffer and also looks much nicer. My main concern is cleaning it, how would i go about this? I have a gravel vacuum however I don't believe this would be the correct way. But I may just not know. I do not plan on having any live rock at the moment, and probably won't for a while. If I do I will have to do some upgrading to my lights.
The filters I have been primarily looking at are fluval and marine land but am open to suggestions.
Marineland Magnum 350 Dual Purpose Canister Filter
Marineland Magnum 350 Pro System
(I am questioning the Marinelands, not because of the name however because of the biowheels. This is the first I have really seen them being used for a canister filter.)
Penn Plax Cascade Canister Filter 1000
There are some other solutions but I have found a lot around the same price to only be doing around 180 gph
, and im looking for atleast 220GPH.
I havent looked to much on skimmers, I have seen a few at the lfs
but other than knowing they are expensive I don't know much about them besides the fact its a good idea to have one.
I am basing my fish around a trigger, I was told if they are around the same size and young when you get them; they typically will grow in size with each other and won't have to many problems. However I don't know how correct this is.
Could some one also fill me in on the sump, and how to go about setting one up?