alright. I've been reading various forums, websites and I'm going to B&N tomorrow to pick up the reccomended books.. I think I'm a little more knowledgeable. This is what I understand so far
Some of my terminology might be FUBAR, so feel free to clarify anything I say.
I'm waffling on the size of my tank. I'm thinking of sizing it anywhere between 30 and 55 gallons. This'll be highly dependent on my budget.
I've been spending a lot of time the last two days reading about reef tanks. Apparently, you can use all sorts of different filtration methods. Everyone seems to have a different idea. Which leaves me out in left field.
This is what I understand:
- Biological filtration is the MOST important type of filtration and can be accomplished w/ live sand and live rock.
- Biological filtration needs to be supplemented by other types of filtration (wet/dry, canisters, HOB
equipment, protein skimmers. etc..)
I read about other people's tanks. And it seems like they have EVERY single possible filtration device. I think its because I'm a newbie, so I just try and figure it out.
I'm making a list of everything I need to start out. Then I'm going to price things out. I'll mix/match and fit it to my budget. So, if you could review this, I'd appreciate it.
1. aquarium & stand
2. improved lighting
3. testing kits and what not
4. 3-5" sand base
5. one pound of live rock for every gallon in the tank
6. water & salt (duh)
8. power heads (to create current and supplement the biological filtration)
9. mechanical filtration
My biggest question mark comes with the mechanical filtration. I read the wet/dry is the best kind, and that it kicks butt because it increases the volume of your water which makes it more stable. They seem to be priced just as reasonably as everything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't do that.
How necessary is it to supplement the wet/dry and live rock with a protein skimmer?
I'm sure that list has tons of empty holes. I've over simplified things. Let me know if i have.