haven't posted here for a while, but after spending alot of money on halides, LR
, etc. for my 85 gallon only to have the tank wiped out by ich from a powder blue, I gave up for a while and sold everything.
I have decided to give it another go with an empty 45 gallon tank, but I'm looking to spend alot less money and keep a very simple setup, my plan is to use alot of lava rock seeded with a small amount of live rock, no skimmer (as I bought an expensive one for my 85 gallon and really was not that impressed with the results), I'm going to use a couple of NO fluorescents as I already have starters for them, I still have a couple of maxi-900's so that should sort the flow out, I'm also going to use a 1000l/r filter I have and pack it with bio media. I'm thinking of using instant ocean salt, and RODI
water (just need to replace the filters).
a couple of questions,
- would it be possible to make it sort of semi-reef (a few soft corals placed high in the tank, or would there not be enough light?)
- would there be any drawbacks to using base rock instead of live, assuming I stocked it slowly?
-any stocking suggestions?
thanks. I would really appriciate any comments or suggestions,