First off, welcome to AquariumAdvice.com...
Originally Posted by fishywoman
Here are my questions...
? The DIY
light stand hangs from the ceiling and had contained MH
's. Will I have to get a new one if I go VHO
? What wattage do I need?
If a reef tank is your eventual goal and you already have the necessary equip for the MH
, I would suggest sticking with that or was it just the hood?
Even still, with a hex tank your best success will come from a more powerful light source and VHO
will not really cut it. It will also really depend on the depth of the tank and types of corals you wish to keep. What are the tank dimensions? L"W"H"?
Filtration... Is the sump with a skimmer enough? I've read about the berlin and wet/dry, etc and I'm so confused and what is the best way to go.
With a DSB
you will not have a berlin system. It will be a DSB
I would like to have about 125 lbs of live rock in the tank at one point in time but it probably won't happen from the start.
Even with the possible DSB
, I would suggest much more LR
or possibley some base rock on the bottom. If you where to purchase about 60 lbs of base rock and place your LR
on top, that would add to the total filtration or possibley add some to the sump if you don't like the look of all the rock. >>Hi Rocks
<< is an excellent source for base rock. $80.00 for a 60 lb box which includes shipping.
Refugium.... yes? no? where in the tank does it go?
Not absolutely necessary in the beginning but something you could eventually look into. They are a great source of natural filtration when using macro algaes or possibley mangroves. For a 120 gal
tank though, you would not want an "in tank" type but rather a seperate smaller tank plummed off the main tank or the sump. There are also some varieties of hang on refugiums that may fit your needs although they can be pricey.