First off just wanted to say that I'm definitely new to SW
and most of what I have learned has been from people who want to sell me things... i.e. LFS
. I have decided I want to do a FOWLR
tank. Second, this is going to be a pretty long post and I apologize in advance for that.
I recently got a 55 gal
tall tank for free from a family friend. It came with no hood and just a glass folding top. I went to the LFS
and they gave me two over the back Aqueon power filter 30's. The box says each will do 200 gal
/hr. I guess my first question is if I am supposed to be using the filter cartrages that came with these filters or, if i read correctly in someone's post, if I should just use them for water movement.
Second question. I have CC and the "live sand" that the LFS
said I needed. If I got two bags of the "live sand" stuff and about 3/4 of a bag of CC, rinsed the CC, mixed them together and put them in about a week ago. Is this an okay thing to do. Seems like not too many people go the CC route and opt for DSB
. (I think is what it's called)
Next questions. Is my next step to add the LR
and some raw shrimp to the tank and let it cycle? Do I need power heads and a protein skimmer right now? When I do get the protein skimmer is there a place that I can put it so that it isn't making the tank look ugly? Possibly somewhere I can put the filters and/or the heater too?
Also, I don't know what kind of lighting I will need. Again, just want to do some fish and LR
Sorry for the length and thank you all in advance.