Well, I've been running a fish only puffer tank(gsp) for about a year now with no real issues, but it has been a really simple tank. HOB
filters, no live rock, simple. And my boyfriend just recently saw the big reef tank at the LFS
and asked the big question - can we have one of THOSE. After showing him the price of tiny little frags and explaining that I am not giving my puffers any $30 meals, he got why my salt tank isn't a reef, but it got us itching for a reef tank. We are planning on moving in the next month or so, and we are planning on setting up more tanks after the move, and on picking up at least one or two larger (40B-55) tanks at the next petco dollar per gallon sale, so I am thinking about maybe making one of those into a reef tank.
So, what all do I really need? This will likely be a slow build, as I won't be getting any new tanks until next month and it will take me a while to save for some of the equipment as I am already needing upgraded lighting for my big fresh tank. I just want to do this right the first time around. I think I will be doing a sump, probably with an overflow box instead of a drilled tank. I would like a skimmer, and maybe a refugium in the sump.
Help a new reefer out!