So today i decided to start my new 6 gal
nano reef build. I went to petco to take a look at their tanks with the mindset of getting a fluval spec 5 which i have and have successfully run a reef in. I came across a petco brand arc 6.25g bow front aquarium and ended up going with that instead. the lighting on this tank is cheap and awful so i replaces with a fluval fixture thats 12 volt that I've used successfully for soft corals. i have the tank up and running now with no filter media (because thats why i am here
) and the correct amount of mixed saltwater, using bottled water. now i know where my tank is sitting in the photos is not a good idea because its next to the window, and i have a mastiff puppy lol. but do not worry it will not be there for long. once it is cycled and i have added my sand and LR
it will be transferred to my office which is nice and dark. NOW to my actual questions! does anyone have any suggestions as to a filter mod? i was thinking of using a eshopps sump sponge in replacement of the nasty sponge they have in here. Also was thinking of using sachem media mix in a mesh bag, and a purigen sachem sponge. another thing i am concerned about is the lack of GPH
(40)put in by this wimpy pump they included any suggestions as to what model and size would work well for this size tank? i was planning on going with a more chunky sandbed, crushed coral type. the way the tank is shaped i will need at least one power head, any suggestions as to what would fit well in this tank and not turn it into a whirlpool!? i will be adding sand tomorrow (yes i know i should have done that before) and the LR
as well. Ive never cycled using the raw shrimp method any advice on that would be much appreciated.
what pump will work well in this tank?
What power head will work well in this tank?
are the filtration mods i have planned good enough for lips and a clown?
any suggestions on cycling with raw shrimp?
anything else you have to comment about
SORRY MY POST WAS SO LONG! RAMBLING WOMAN.