I picked up this 47 gallon bowfront a few days ago with the intentions of doing a FOWLR
because I'm not familiar with corals and all of the salt equipment. It was originally a FOWLR
setup, and came with a canister filter.
Now recently I've been talking to my lfs
's and I'm starting to think about doing something with corals and maybe an anemone and some fish. Here's where I get confused.
SUMPS. Are they absolutely necessary or does it depend on what types of corals and fish you have? I'm not sure I understand what their purpose is either. Would I be able to use the canister (it's a 100gallon filter, can't recall the brand ATM) for it to at least cycle the tank and set up a sump later on since I already have the canister? I keep reading about them and I just confuse myself more.
Protein skimmers. Are these a necessity or can I run my tank without one (i've read online that i can since its smaller but I'm looking for opinions) and just do a little more maintenance and wc
's on it?
This is the tank, as it sits in it's current state in my kitchen.