Hmmm....Maybe I will skip the protein skimmer and filter and keep an eye on the water quality. If it stays fine, I will just stay with the live rock. If it begins to dip, I will get a filter and then a protein skimmer. Im guessing I better start with crabs and then slowly move up to some clown fish and other small guys?
So how does the lighting work? Ive seen some places say 2 watts per gallon. That would be HARD to fit into the tank I have in mind. The tank comes with a hood and fixture, but it looks like the kind that uses a small mini fluorescent bulb. I am going with a tall type tank, as I have little space in my townhome.
I think I am about ready to begin! I need to figure out the lighting issue and then I will order my tank. (Found a place in my state that sells them cheaper than the pet stores). I will then head to the pet stores for the other things. (Salt mix, light bulbs, heater/thermometer and sand). After that I will secure some live rock and then get it all going. No?
EDIT: How does acrylic respond to the lighting that these tanks need? I know that glass will filter out UV
light. I really dont know how the tanks I am looking at are configured as far as lighting goes, but I could just get a fixture and set it on top with some bulbs. Would the top need to be open or can these lights pass right through the plastic?