Alright, I've been searching for a while now and cant find the answer I'm looking for.
I'm new the hobby. I have a 55gal tank with plenty of room under the stand for a sump. I want to use a sump for my filtration but it seems like its going to go over my budget. I plan on starting with a FOWLR
tank, with hopes of someday moving to a reef tank.
My question is would it be ok to go with a canister filter if I commit to cleaning it on a weekly basis to prevent it from becoming a "nitrate factory" or is my only option a sump? The tank that I have is not drilled for a sump and if I choose not to build my own sump and drill it seems that it'll cost a lot more initially. I really like the idea of having most things hidden in the stand and that's why I'm leaning towards canister filter.
I've looked into glass-holes.com for the overflow and then an inexpensive sump. but that'll run me around $250 where I can find canister for $130.
The only drawback I can find on the canister is that it requires more maint. than people think.
All of your help is much appreciated.