So I've read the sticky a couple of times and done a bit of research based on it. We have a freshwater QT tank that we are going to convert to a nano reef - it is a 12 gallon hexagonal, which I think will look kind of cool if we build upward with the live rock.
For equipment I'm assuming we'll need the standards; HOB
filter, heater, and a light.
In addition I understand that I'll need at least a small protein skimmer (hob
?) and maybe a powerhead (Will I need it on a tank this small? I have a spare one laying around... j/w if it's necessary)
Does that look good for equipment? Am I missing anything?
Also - I'd like to have some corals. I don't really know a lot about them as far as differences (sps lps
?) but I know I like the brain corals, and we'd prob put one small clown fish in the tank, so we'd like to get a mid-size anemone as well (if that's possible).
For the corals, this is where it dictates what kind of lighting I need, right? Do I want just metal hallide? The fixture on the hex is weird, and it's not a standard T8 18" like most standard tanks it's size - it's a bizarre one that fits a 12" bulb only - so am I going to be limited on options?
I assume I could buy regular metal hallide bulbs at home depot and not have a problem finding this size...
My gf is obsessed with the dragonet fish (the psychedelic ones) but I don't think it'd fit well in a 12 gallon tall. Thoughts?
I'm on a budget too, so I'd like to avoid buying $150 skimmers and $200 HO
light fixtures if possible.
Thanks in advance!