I finally decided to go from FW
with a 55gal tank. My plans are to start out with a FO
with some reef rock for the natural look. I want to seed it with some LR
until the rest of it goes live for a FOwLR
, and then eventually, move all the way into a reef environment. Of course, all of this as I can afford the upgrades necessary to keep coral (i.e. one upgrade at a time)
I have about 45 pounds of Reef Rock in now, about 15 pounds of LR
for seeding, about a 2" of live sand on top of a 2" base of crushed coral to keep too many rock slides from happening as the sand disintegrates.
I have a couple of questions:
1) do I need any sort of an outside box filter (already have the Protein Skimmer) with bio-filtering media? I have an old hang-on box filter that I can take the carbon out of and use the bio-media.
2) What counts in the amount of "flow" equation? In other words, I know I am looking for at least 500gph + of flow to start off with. Is this only measured by the flow provided by Powerheads and such, or can I use the old box filter, sans media, to bump up the flow rate?
Thanks in advance for the help.