Tank: 30 gallons (36"l x 12"w x 16"h)
Lighting: Compact flourescent- 120w
Lee's Counter Current Protein Skimmer (thoughts on these? )
45 lbs of LR
With the 45 lbs of LR
500 is not necessary and will actually cause nitrate problems down the road, if you use the media. If you already have it...you can use it for waterflow/motion, if you haven't got it yet, I would skip it and buy a couple more powerheads. I like the MaxiJet powerheads. The Lee's is a decent skimmer, but if your planning on an anemone, I would look for something better for your tank, like an AquaC remora or a bakpak 2R.
3 clownfish (2 when I get a pair)
1 Bubbletip anemone
Anemones are really not recommended for tanks less than a year old, it gives the tank and the aquarist time to stabalize. Anemones are virtually immortal in the wild, yet most tend to diw within a few weeks to a few months in the aquarium, the majority of these deaths are caused by improper collection, transport and shipping and aquarist error. If your looking for the symbiotic relationship of the clown and the anemone...many clowns will take to an alternate host, like a toadstool leather or hairy mushrooms.
I plan on breeding the clowns,
And I want to know what substrate is best...
Live Sand or Crushed Coral?
I know it's not gonna play a huge role... but just wondering...
Crushed coral will trap detritus between the grains, sand is not nearly as prone to this, there are also critters that will live in the sand and help to clean that up that won't live in cc
. The end product of the detritus is going to be nitrates, which your clown's host will not appreciate.
I've read that I don't have to feed the anen if I have clowns?
Is this true?
Depends on how good your clowns are at feeding the anemone, most are not good enough to totally abandon feeding the anemone, IMO