It's been a long time and several moves since i have had my 90 gal
up and running. approx 6 years and most of what was in my head is gone.
the 90 is not "reef ready"
I have 190 pounds of LR
that is now base rock
I bought my new house and had special electrical run to the basement for the tank.
I plan on setting up a reef. I am debating MH
I have lost a few pieces of equipment due to move issues (**** movers).
I basically have the rock, tank, stand.
I plan on putting the tank behind a wall so lighting can be ugly from behind.
so my questions
1. sump or not to sump? I never had a sump on it before and I question the need
of 6" still right? or within reason?
3. 4-6 watts per gal
still about right?
4. plan on buying sand from HD or lowes and seeding with either 1 bag of "live sand" or seeing if i can get some from the LFS
(not the friendliest group). I also will by a LR
or two to seed my current stuff
5. my turbo floater skimmer seems to have had one of the acrylic tubes break and i dont know if that is repairable or if i should just by a new skimmer. if i need a new one, suggestions are welcome.
6. t5 seems to be new since i was last with my tank and it seems cheeper as long as i am not doing clams am i safe with this? i am thinking of 48"X 8 bulb setup?
basically i am planning on buy new heaters and PHs anyway, but I wanted to know the current theory on the right way to set it up and if i have to force my self into plumbing anything or if a hang on skimmer, a dsb
, and LR
will still get the job done