Originally Posted by drumscott
I am a novice to the world of saltwater aquariums. My brother gave me a 36 gallon bow-front tank for my birthday and I want to set it up as a saltwater tank able to sustain corals and other reef life. I will need advice on the following items:
--t5 vs. LED
, which one is better to grow a reef? What wattage will I need for a 36 gallon tank?
--what sort of filter is best (reasonable priced) for a live reef?
--how strong of a water pump is needed to simulate ocean/reef currents?
and any other advice that would be handy.
Welcome to the hobby. It's very addicting and expensive, which don't go really well together.
For lighting, it depends on your budget and what you want to keep.
As for flow, I'd look into the Jebao pumps. In a reef, especially with SPS
flow that varies is very useful.
Two WP-10s would do wonders.
With filters, a sump will be your best bet. They are an external tank where your skimmer, refugium and other equipment will go.
You plumb this by drilling the tank or using a HOB