First off, this forum is Awesome!! I learned more from here than in any other book or site!
Well, since I have the same tank size and just started off in SW
too, I'd figure I'd ask here. I have a 55 Gal
tank too, with LR
and couple yellowtail damsels, I plan to have easy to care for coral, inverts and couple more bigger fish later on.
I have 260 watts of lighting(100$), an eheim 2213 canister filter(80$), 60lb live rock(140$), and 2in sand. Hope this gives you an idea of the price range.
now my question is do I need a protein skimmer? Can I get by without one? Also, do I need anything else?