so now for the next volley of questions...but first a pic of what i have to work with.
it is a 125g tempered glass w/ 1 emperor 400, and 2 280's.
as u can see i have plenty of rock. now i am assuming that the nitrifying bacteria for salt tanks is the same or similiar enough to freshwater tanks[correct me if i'm wrong].
this lava rock can then become live rock if seeded properly. so will i need actual ocean live rock [live sand not optional unless black], or can i seed it w/ the filter media from my other freshwater tanks?
next question is will the fluval FX5 work on a salt tank? how bout the emperors? would the emperors crap out in salt or are they just useless in a salt application?
i would rather not have a sump for reasons i won't go into[mostly because my tank isn't drilled], and i do have room in my canopy to hide a protein skimmer.