, you'll need a good skimmer no matter what kind of tank you set up. I prefer the Berlin system of filtration using LR
as the biological filter. I also like a DSB
because it controls nitrates and adds diversity to the tank. If you want to go with a reef, then you'll need to address the problem of lighting. If it's going to be a FOwLR
, then the lighting isn't so important although you will need more than one NO tube over the tank to make the LR
happy. You might want to purchase a copy of "The Concientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert M. Fenner and read it before you spend any money on this. It will give you a good overview of each type of tank and its pros/cons. Also, on our home page, you'll see a link entitled "articles". There is some good info in there as well.