If that will not work I could get whatever you reccomend
Don't base your decisions only on what I say!
I'm as new to SW
as they come.
People do run tanks with cannister or HOB
filters like the kind that are used in FW
. The problem with filters like that is they can contribute to nitrate problems; in a FO
tank, that's not so much of an issue. As soon as you get any inverts, corals, etc, it becomes a much bigger deal. And I think that most people who start SW
get the reef bug eventully, even if they don't think they will at first. It's kinda addictive.
So . . . I'll give you my 2 cents and hope that someone else chimes in with a more experienced opinion. The "problem" with real FO
tanks is that they don't have a very natural look . . . gravel, fake plants/corals. Plus, the fish are in a pretty unnatural environment--in the ocean, they live among the reef rocks and they can feel scared and exposed without them. For example, there's a restaurant I go to that has a FO
tank--probably about 150 gallons. It's full of fake rock and plastic plants. All but the boldest fish hide all day because they don't feel comfy. Also, the service that takes care of the tank has to swtich the fish out all the time--I don't know if they die or what, but the same fish is seldom in there for more than a couple of months. It's just not an ideal home for them and they get stressed and decline.
That said, if you are really on a budget, these would be my (newbie) suggestions:
Get at least the Paletta book. It's geared toward FOWLR
tanks (not full-blown reef tanks) which would give you a good looking tank now and the ability to go more reefy later if you want to. He's got a whole little section on setting up a SW
tank on the cheap.
Ideally, you'd get about 45-60 lbs of LR
, but you could also get a 20lb box from LR
.com (or another source) and use base rock for the rest--it will, in time, become "live" enough to serve as a bio-filter.
I would get a skimmer, the best you can afford. From everything I can tell, it's the single most important piece of equipment in a SW
tank, especially for beginners.
I hope someone else will pop in here and help us out with more suggestions--
tank with 29-gallon sump
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
29-gallon with two goldies, Carrot and Orangehead