Hello everyone. I'm in the early planning stages of a 100 gallon FOWLR
tank. I haven't had a salt tank in 15 years and the hobby has changed ALOT since back then! I have been reading, reading, reading, not only posts on this board but also 'The New Marine Aquarium' by Paletta and 'The Conscientious Marine Aquarist' is on order at a local bookstore. Even after all of my reading I have several questions which I hope you all can help me with.
1) I plan on cycling the tank with live rock. I was going to order 110 pounds of base rock and 30 pounds of live rock and also use a DSB
. Should I put all of the rock and sand in the tank to start off with or should I add it gradually? Also, the tank will be in our living room, I have read some posts that say there is a smell when cycling with LR
. Is this true and if so is it a very strong odor and how long will it last? I'm not sure if the wife is going to go for a smelly living room for very long.
2) I was going to get my LR
from liverocks.com. They have Florida Keys rock and Gulf rock. Is there any benefits of one rock over the other? Should I get a mix of both?
3) Along with the LR
I am planning on using a skimmer and 3 Maxi Jet 900 Power heads. As far as the skimmer is concerned I can go one of two ways. A LFS
has a used 20 gallon sump with an ETSS skimmer and a Iwaki MD40 pump(There are 2 diff. MD40 pumps, one is rated at 750 GPH
and one at 1200, I'm not sure which one it is.) total cost is $250. The second option is a AquaC Remora Pro with the MagDrive 3(if I get this skimmer should I also get the surface prefilter?). Which would be the better of the 2 options? Does the sump provide any filtration benefits? I like the idea of being able to have the skimmer and heater out of sight under the tank, and I have heard the water changes are easier with a sump, but other than that are there any other benefits? Some people have said I should go with a 30 gal
sump. Why would a 30 be better than a 20?
I know this is a long post and alot of questions. But this is the best forum I have found (you guys really seem to know your stuff) and I want to plan this as well as I can. Thanx for any help and advice you can give.