Hi guys. It looks like Ive finally succumb to the dark side and have decided to set up a reef tank as my second tank. Ive got a ten gallon tank and stand that I plan on using. I've already built a screen lid, have a heater and am going to order the stuff I need after Christmas.
Sump: Im going to setup a five gallon sump and I wanted to ask about that. What is the best setup for a sump? Im going to get a small protein skimmer and want to keep my heater in the sump along with a good amount of macro algae so what would you guys recommend in terms of sump design. Also, Would the Eshopps nano HOB
overflow be fine for this job? Based on reviews Ive read it should be fine. I would also like a recommendation on a return pump as this is all brand new to me.
Lighting: For lighting I want to get a nice wifi enabled fixture, and right now the AI Prime fixture is top on my list. Any comments on this? Anyone use this light or hear anything about it?
Sand and rock: I'm thinking about the caribsea arag alive bahamas oolite sand. However, I am open to any suggestions if this isn't the best. For rock I have a nice source of aquacultured live rock at my LFS
Circulation: I have a Hydor Koralia 400 GPH
model from when I used to use it on my freshwater tank but I think it may be too strong for this small of a tank. What would be a good strength of pump to start with for a standard ten gallon reef?
Stocking: Im thinking a shrimp and goby pair of some kind or maybe a single clown goby or something like that. Any recommendations would be welcome. Ill be taking it slow when it comes to fish as this tank will be my first saltwater tank so beginner friendly fish would be nice. For corals I would also be open to suggestions. Im not a complete noob to this side of it because I always help my friend out with his reef and corals so I have a basic working knowledge of coral keeping.
Thanks for checking this out and if you feel compelled to chime in and give me a tip I would appreciate it.