Again, I come looking to you for objective advice...
This weekend I visited my LFS
, and was surprised to find out that they sell a lot of the stuff that we talk about in here. I think the prices are quite reasonable too.
Anyhow, here are a few of my questions:
had 3 types of LR
: Tonga Rock $15/lb, Cuban LR
$10/lb, Base Rock $5/lb. The "Base Rock" was not dry rock, it was definitely LR
. Or at least it was kept in an aquarium with stuff on it. I don't know one from the other. Does anybody have any recommendations?
Anybody have any thoughts about a skilter protein skimmer? I think they said it filters (bio and mechanically) and protein skims. The impression that I have is, if your tank's bio load isn't approaching the limit, you don't need a filter or a skimmer. Is this correct? And again, is the skilter a good bet?
Anybody have any thoughts about excessive water flow? Is it possible to have too much gph
flow through your Powerheads?
I'd like to hear thoughts about this idea. The "tank" requires 3-5 watts of lighting per gallon. So, for a 50 gallon tank, that calculates to 250 watts max. Why can't we simply take household lightbulbs and use them for lighting? That's only 3 100 watt bulbs. I know we can't I just don't know why? I guess what I want to know is what from the lighting the fish benefit from. Do they need the UV
Furthermore, if a protein skimmer functions by particles attaching themselves to bubbles of air and then the air moving them to the surface where they can be collected, then why won't this work? Buy a length of abs tube, cut it to the correct length. Buy an air pump, and plumb it so that a large portion of the bubbles come out in one location in the tank. Then position the one ended tube above it so that the bubbles go up the tube. Would this not work? I would think it would save a beginner about $100 or so.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts.