Originally Posted by CichlidFreak425
My brother has a SW
and it has jus drive me away from FW
. But I am throwing away everything and starting fresh with the whole setup. I wanna do a FOWLR
tank. Light suggestions..? And for my "nemo" I wanna do anemone. But other than that I don't plan on doing too much coral. And after I get most of the stuff down I have a 95 I'm gonna upgrade to. But the budgets only allow for a 55 now. Haha. As far a LR
and sand, how much # of each..? And what size light?
Why would you throw everything out? SW
gets really expensive really fast, so save money where you can. Just scrub out the tank well with vinegar and rinse REALLY well. Spray paint the back while its empty, much easier that way. You won't need any of the decorations. If you get LED
lights, you'll need 3w per bulb to support an anemone. The ones that are 1w per light wont keep anemone alive.
You can have as little or as much sand as you like, or you can go bare bottom. If you're going to have any sand burrowing or sifting fish, you'll need at least 3" of sand. That'll be about 70-80# sand for a 55. For LR
, to save $, you can get 80% base rock and seed it with some LR
. It'll all become live over time. You can get all base rock too, the cycle will just take longer.
Once you get the tank started cycling, you can use that time to read up on liveaquaria.com and research tank size requirements for the fish you like and want to put in your tank after its done cycling. My 55g took about a month to cycle, and I used all LR
, just to give you a time frame of how long your cycle might last. Good luck and welcome to SW