Hi guys, i just joined this forum as it seems pretty solid for information and people seem to know what their talking about on here so i thought id start here for some good advice. I have never set up a marine aquarium before but i have done a lot of reading in these last few weeks and i have a vague understanding of what ill need and what to do.
Im wanting to set up a tank for a Peacock Mantis shrimp as i find them a fascinating creature but im not too sure on all the things ill need.
So far im having a 30g, half inch thick arcylic aquarium built to house the shrimp.
So far on my check list of things to buy and some questions about them:
Red Sea Prizm Skimmer Pro (are these any good? Im struggling to find a decent HOB
skimmer for the tank the red sea seems to come with everything just plug in and use).
1x Aquaclear Power Head 50 (270gph will i need more than one?)
2x T8 tubes (marine white and blue) I have heard intense light can damage the mantis so will T8 tubes be adequete over T5HO? Obviosuly MH
is out of the question
8kg live rock (enough rock for a 30g?)
20kg live sand
API Saltwater Testkit
I think thats everything there, if im missing anything or if anybody has owned a mantis shrimp before some pointers will be much appreciated.
Oh im living in the UK so alot of skimmers like the Aquac Remora i cant purchase as they dont sell them over here and shipping from sites like marine world is about $175 international... Bummer