What kind of tank are you going for? I've been considering getting a salt tank (if I can find a good deal on things lol) and that seems to be the most important factor that determines everything else.
Like in a Fish Only with Live Rock (no corals) you want like 1.5/2 pounds of Rock per gallon. But in a Reef I've heard/read 1 pound/gallon is good. Also, although still highly
recommended, a skimmer isn't 100% needed for FOWLR
. Finally, light wise, I don't think that a FOWLR
needs the same amount/quality of lighting as a Reef. Like you can "get away" with some compact fluorescent lights in FOWLR
instead of going MH
Note that I'm not an expert so take that with a grain of salt... this is just information I've gathered from time here reading articles and forums. I've not actually put any of this information into practice though.