I've finally been bitten by the saltwater bug, about a month ago I dismantled my planted 55 because I felt it wasnt worth it, and then replaced that with a 20H tank in my bedroom with 3 cichlids in it. I thought I'd be content with that, but it turns out I'm not! Keep in mind here, I work at my LFS
so I get anything and everything at cost, which makes switching often pretty cheap. Not sure if that's bad or good, but anyway...
I want to do a mini reef in my bedroom, which is on the second floor of my house so I'd like to keep it under 45 gallons for weight reasons. I have 3 metal halides that I was using for my planted 55, but I'd like to be able to only use one of them so I need a tank without a center brace.
Mainly anenomes, inverts and some corals, probably a clown fish, but mainly reef.
Now, sitting here looking at the catalog, here are my options:
(price point is somewhat important, looking for bang-for-your-buck type deal)
30 XH - $43.96
36 Bow - $71.98
36 Corner - $98.59
40 Breeder - $58.35
46 Bow - $91.92
33 flatback hex - $58.36
37 Column - $39.75
40 Long - $66.59
40 XH - $53.55
Now, I'm inclined to go with the 37 column, just because I think that'd make a real cool reef. Also, It'd give pretty varied light levels for things living in the tank.. what are your opinions?
On another note, I'm thinking as far as filtration that I'm gunna use the canister filter I used on my 55 (never medicated), but as for a skimmer? For such a small tank, there's really no need to spend hundreds on a top of the line skimmer, is there?
I was thinking -
(all Red Sea)
Prizm Deluxe hang-on - $84.20
Prizm Deluxe Pro hang-on - $131.56
Other than the basic equipment, I think I can take the rest from here.. As far as the skimmer goes though, I dont mind if it doesnt take EVERYTHING out of the water - I can get a bucket of salt for like $40 which will last awhile so I can do lots of water changes.