It is the ultimate filtration system for a marine environment. Since you have a 55G, I would suggest a sump but you could add that later. The only thing I use a canister for is running carbon every now and then to polish the water. I have 90lbs. of LR
in the tank, and 30lbs. LR
in my wet/dry sump. (Berlin method)
This method would reduce the amount of hardware you would need for your tank, and it is more natural with less maintenance involved. Just make sure you get at least 1-1/2 lbs. of LR
for proper filtration.
I am sharing this information because many people, including myself, spent unnecessary money on equipment before learning alternate (better) methods.
So to sum things up: 1-1/2 lbs. LR
, sand substrate either an inch, or 4 inches, 2-3 Maxijet 1200 PH
, 2 heaters, a good skimmer, and decent lighting, depending on what you want to keep in the tank. This will get you beyond started on your journey. 8)