I appreciate your insight Don. But I don't plan on putting anywhere near 70 pounds of LR
in this 35-gallon tank. I'm considering buying a total of 45 pounds because the price is attractive and what I've read about the rock here indicates that it's decent. I may not even end up using all 45 pounds.
Regarding a skimmer, I do plan on getting one. But I don't know if I'm sold on the necessity of mechanical filtration in addition.
As far as faux rock goes, I really have no desire to go that route. I *do* want to have some corals in the tank. I would also like to keep open the option of making the tank a full reef setup in the future. Going with anything other than LR
seems to eliminate this possibility, at least if I don't want to have to replace the faux rock with LR
later on -- thus incurring even greater trouble and expense than getting what I want from the outset.
Sand: Again, CC
might be okay in the short term, but it simply doesn't fit with my long-term goals.
You're right in the sense that the LFS
guy was trying to keep things simple. He simply didn't bother to find out what I wanted out of this endeavor -- and that turned me off, big time. I was asking for assistance and advice from him, not a set of instructions for building the tank HE thought I should have.