After a 10 year absence from marine fish keeping, I am researching equipment to use in the set-up of a 72 gallon, reef-ready, Oceanic bowfront tank and would welcome any recommendations or advice. The tank will be FO
and I do not ever anticipate migrating to a reef tank. Expected bio-load is moderate, perhaps a couple of clowns, royal gramma, yellow tang and puffer. Aquascaping will be a combination of dead natural coral and synthetic coral. A sump is a likely FUTURE addition. Biological filtration via LR
is also a possible FUTURE addition due to cost (I believe I understand the benefits of cycling using uncured LR
, but again, it's a cost constraint). My questions:
1. Assuming the use of no LR
, can anyone provide recommendations for suitable filtration equipment, water movement equipment and substrate? My preference is to locate the filtration in the cabinet.
2. Is there a "middle ground" approach where I could use, say 30 pounds of LR
and let this turn the dead coral into LR
over time? I can be extremely patient while the process plays out.
3. Any thoughts on the need for a skimmer and if so, brand/model recommendations?
4. Is mechanical filtration required for water clarity and if so, how to approach?
5. I have access to several large pieces of dead Florida coral that have been used as garden decoration for about 40 years. The pieces may have been painted about 25 years ago and exposed to the elements since. Would these be suitable for use after a thorough cleaning?
Thanks in advance for any response. My experience and research seem to have provided me with a better knowledge base than any LFS
(they all seem to recommend what they sell, imagine that!) thus, advice from members of this forum will be most appreciated. Regards to all.