Well, I was planning on skipping the live rock, because I thought that I would need to run a skimmer to remove all the "junk" that comes off the rock. I figured if I went fish only I could keep the HOB filters that I am currently running.
is the one thing you should not skip, especially if this is your first SW
tank. The skimmer has nothing to do with the "junk" tha comes off the LR
. Besides, nothing really comes off the rock. There are no disadvantages to using LR
, only benefits. It is the best thing you can do for your SW
If I do go the live rock route how necessary would a skimmer be.
A skimmer is highly recommended but not an absolute must. You do not need a skimmer if you have LR
. A skimmer really has nothing to do with LR
. It's job is to remove DOC
from the water, similar to the waves crashing over rocks, mixing with O2
and creating foam you see along the beaches. Down the road, get a skimmer but you do not need one to start.
Also if I went with live rock wouldn't it stay a dull color and not grow any corraline algae since I'm running about 2 watts per gallon of NO lighting?
While better lighting MAY help speed up coraline growth, the proper ALK
levels are what are what is really important.
Bottom line...Get the live rock.