God I miss my cichlids sometimes
They are near impossible to kill and doing 50% water changes is a breeze, I could just hook up the hose outside and pour the de chlorinator in at the same time as filling up the tank.
When I moved I switched over to salt on 8/1/05. I kept the same filtration equipment (Magnum 350 Pro) and got rid of the rocks and replaced with 80 lbs of Arag-Alive http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113565
Other than that I just ordered 80 lbs of base/lr
and am waiting for it to cure.
Getting the sw
from one vendor should make water changes go pretty smooth except having to transport 20+ gallons at a time. Currently I use a ro
and mix the salt for 48+ hours prior to changing using a ph
to keep it all moving well.
Clowns are fun but fickle eaters sometimes if not tank raised (lost one, would not eat anything for two weeks till it died
I have 4 damsels which are quite active and fun to watch and just got a yellow tang which is also hardy and fun to watch.
A sump is not necessary with enough lr
, just make sure to take your time and let your tank cycle properly before adding fish. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15
The XP3 is new on the market but has gotten some good reviews and maintenance should be fairly easy
2 should provide a decent flow (350 gph
each) along with a ph
or two. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...=6&pCatId=3602
Basic lighting like 2 pc
would be ok for a fowlr
as long as itâ€™s strong enough to show off your fish. www.hellolights.com
has some good prices if your lfs
doesnâ€™t carry what you need.
What kind of filtration are you using for your cichlid tank now? 50% water changes are easy but still seem a bit on the high side and from your photos it doesnâ€™t appear to have that high of a load.
Lastly I know you said you â€śdonâ€™t want to do corals or anything requiring a lot of high maintenanceâ€ť but the artificial corals are virtually maintenance free and also look aesthetically pleasing and give your fish a more â€śnaturalâ€ť environment without the expensive lighting/maintenance. (Links below)
And if you live near a Pet Co they have a great selection without having to order them online.