I've had a few freshwater Cichlid tanks over the past few years and was planning on setting up a new freshwater tank. I've ordered everything I need for freshwater, but wouldn't need much more to go salt, maybe full reef eventually.
Here's what I have:
Aqueon 39 Gallon Corner Bowfront (All tempered glass, so not drilled)
Matching stand (Very little cab space :/)
AquaticLife 24" (2x 10k, 2x Actinic, 2x LED Moon) Built in timer
Fluval 404 (Many years use, but I already had it and seals are all new)
ETH 201 In-Line Heater
Coralife Turbo Twist 9W (Mostly intended for disease control or algea outbreak, if needed)
I think what I would like to add to this list is:
Replaced the Fluval with a Sump/pump(s)
Live Sand and some live rock
My questions are:
I have only 11"x15" space at the bottom of the cabinet for a sump, any suggestions on where to find a well built one near that size?
The tank fits perfectly in a corner I've picked out, but a 3" deep overflow is going to interfere. Does anyone make a really slim overflow box? Maybe 1"-1 1/4" box with 3/4" bulkhead?
Haven't done much research on Protein Skimmers, any suggestions. I've noticed the price range is staggering... See them online pretty cheap, saw some at the LFS
going for $400. I assume capacity and quality is really what your paying for?
Anyone know where to find a canopy to fit this tank? I do have the glass lid, but as I understand I shouldn't use it with salt.
I have a big limestone rock, it's got opening everywhere. It's more of a fish maze than any other limestone rock I've seen. I assume it would be safe in the salt, would coral and good algea eventually grow on it, even though its not live rock?
Finally, if I wanted to add coral in the future, would the light I've purchased be sufficient or is metal halide a must at that point?