, you should look at getting like 20-40lb liverock (maybe liverocks.com?) and a powerhead that can do at least 400g/h like the aquaclear 802. That will serve as your biological filter (and probably much better at this than a canister) and circulation, and decor / hiding places. You can easily spend a few hundred $$ on value-less plastic decor which is why I just went with lr
, its just the better alternative, for your fish as far as hiding, for your water quality, and for invertebretes its basically a must have too. Another advantage to this setup is the ability to add lighting and corals later. Please read the article on lr
You could do something like 20lbs liverock / 20 baserock and just cycle the tank with that, and add a cheap hob
filter or canister for carbon filtration (mainly for the purpose of clear, fresh-smelling water). You won't need the biowheel pro as it offers no carbon filtration, just a penguin or emporer or similar hob
would accomplish that. If you would like to see my recently set up 45g and what I used, click here:
good luck and let us know how you decide!