I've kept freshwater fish and planted tanks for a few years now and I want to set up a reef tank. I have a spare 10 gallon tank with a heater that I want to convert to saltwater. For filtration I'm going to have about 10lb of live rock and the same of live sand, a 1000 l/h powerhead and maybe a 500 l/h hob
filter. Is this overkill or could I get away without using the HOB
filter altogether? What filter media would I need to use in a Hob
filter if I was going to use it?
I'm having a problem working out what lights I will need. Would 2x T5-HOs be enough as I only want to grow polyps and soft corals or do I need something more powerful? Please give me suggestions on what lights to get!! The tank is 20" long and I don't really want to be spending too much money on lights. I need to be able to order them online as well.
I know that people say that 10 gallons is too hard to keep stable but with lots of filtration, regular water changes and testing of parameters would my set up work do you think? As for stocking, I only want a pair of ocellaris clowns and a small clean up crew.