My wife is getting me a SW
tank for my birthday, and I'd like to do FOWLR
for now. I like goby's, blenny's, chromis, damsels. I know I'll have to live without bigger fish in this tank.
so here's my plan:
54g corner bow front (comes with stand and 2 light hood)
Remora (not pro) HOB
Eheim 2235 canister (ordered before I read this site!) for carbon
Home Depot special tropical playsand
Live rock + base rock
ebo jager 125w heater
two maxijet 900's
on well water
Implementation (subject to change):
Set up tank 6" from one wall and 3.5" from the other
add about 1.5" of rinsed sand
add base rock and powerheads
Fill tank, add salt
run canister filter with floss to clear the water for a few days
cycle tank with a raw shrimp (eww!)
drain half the tank, add live rock and refill
Wait again for the tank to cycle
Add a few little fish (green chromis?) and a cleaner shrimp
weeks later, add a few more fish and critters.
Future plans (phase 2):
build a 20g sump w/overflow box, LR
or plants or something. move remora and heater to sump
how much sand should I buy? is 100lb enough?
How much rock should I have total? live?
How many fish-inches can I get out of the phase 1 setup?
Several locations are possible for this tank. I have baseboard heat (hot water) and I can either put it in the corner with TWO baseboards or just one. I figure when the heat is on, it will help keep it 77f, even though the house will be 72 or so. Or will this make it too hot?
Am I missing anything major? Is anything in my plan out of order?