Hi all, my first post here, been a wonderful resource setting up my first 55g FOWLR
after being a freshwater keeper for years.
I've been doing my research and just wanted to check on a few quick things. I didn't want to go with a sump on my tank as I'm a bit unfamiliar with how they work and a bit worried since I'm renting a very nice apt. Any mishaps would be baaaad news. Also, if I don't need a canister or hob
filter that would also be my desired route.
I don't want to skimp on anything and start the tank incorrectly, so, here's my equipment list and just wanted to get some input (hopefully positive):
- 60-80 lbs of precured live rock
- 60lbs of Arag-Alive sand (special grade)
AquaC Remora Skimmer with maxi-jet 1200
- pre-skimmer for the Remora (not sure if I really need this)
- 2 Hydor Koralia Pumps #2 (600gph too much flow?)
Since I'm starting fresh would it be dumb to buy live sand or pre-cured rock (I don't want to cure the rock seperately if it can be done in the tank during the cycle)?
Would I be good to go with this equipment? I plan to stock the tank lightly after it cycles and it will most likely end up housing a max of 6-8 fish that will grow no larger than 5" or so. I'm hoping the live rock, skimmer, Koralia's will be enough that I don't need other conventional filtration, that would be great.
Of course, it's understood I have the basics like heater, etc. & I'll be getting a refractometer, salt, etc. And weekly water changes & daily checks on levels and such.
Any help or insight would be most appreciated!