Before you start spending money on more equipment (you don't have to have
a skimmer) I'd ask you this question (which your LFS
should have asked you as well).
Now that you've looked around, done some reading and started getting some advice... Is 20G really
where you want to be? I understand the cost and investment so far, I don't know your financial situation but if you already have visions of a larger (say 50G) tank alot of the equipment you may buy now won't be large enough for a larger tank. Think about that now before you spend that money twice. The thing about SW
is that it's expensive. The last thing you want to do on a small budget is buy it twice either because you want to upgrade and what you have isn't big enough or you cheap out and buy the cheap crap that doesn't work or breaks.
It would be much cheaper in the long run (and easier to take care of) to get a bigger tank now. You could even use that smaller one as a sump (opps, more money.. see what happens).
You can run a FOWLR
with rock and a HOB
, not optimum but you can. Or you can go on the opposite end and drill the tanks, have a sump, skimmer, UV
, blah blah blah.
You can even run a tank with plastic decorations and a HOB
if that floats your boat.
It's just better to have a plan.
You'll get lots of advice on equipment thru searching the threads and responses here. I would suggest you stay away from the no-name knock offs for sure.
You in Miami? Lucky you, you have access to some of the best prices on some of this stuff (LR
, live stock, etc) since your soooo close to the source. Somewhere down there is my retirement home, well was before my net worth became the value of my tanks and a few scheckles