Originally Posted by Mike
Wow, that is actually a relief. I thought I had made a major mistake. So, why not add the nitrate remover right away?
You shouldn't need it. The thing is, most any media you add to the Fluval will eventually become bioactive and may produce more nitrates than the media can absorb. If you did add it, I'd change it out or recharge it on a regular basis.
Also, from what I've told you, do you think I have enough LR and sand for successful biological filtration?
My recommendation would be a minimum of 55lbs of LR
with 65-70lbs being much better. The LS
is great, but will probably not provide much in the way of nitrate removal unless you add enough to get the sand bed depth up to about 4". You might want to read up on DSB
's and make a decision on it...you can always add more sand later if you want to.
What types of powerheads do you suggest? What about wavemakers?
I recommend Maxi Jet PH
's above all others. They are inexpensive, powerful, and dependable. I don't think you can do any better than these PH
's. The Natural Wave powerstrip is a good inexpensive wavemaker. Although it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, it will give you good wave action and will last a long time.
About the lighting, good question. Any suggestions?
Depends on what you want to keep. If you intend on having only soft corals and other inverts with low-medium light requirements, I'd go with PC
lighting. The 37 is a deep tank and will experience a lot of light diffusion at the bottom of the tank. If you think you might want to keep SPS
corals, anemones, and other high light inverts, MH
is the only way to go IMO
. Check the following sites for lighting: