I have been lurking and reading like crazy for the last couple of weeks and have even managed to interject a couple of dumb questions here and there. Now I am getting ready to start up my system I need to lay it on the line and hopefully get some good feedback before I make some mistakes I will regret.
My current system:
55Gal All Glass Aquarium
Aqua Clear 300 hang on tank pump/filter/carbon bag
Visitherm 200W heater
Substrate-55# of CaribSea Aragonite
LiveRock-40# (planing but have not ordered yet)
Lighting- 2X40W flourescent bulbs
1) Is using RO
water absolutely necessary or can I use tap water?
2) Is a protein skimmer necessary for a FOwLR
system, especially in the beginning?
3) I realize I will have to upgrade the Aqua Clear 300 but should I just buy an additional Aqua Clear or thinking of using this for QT and buying a bigger model for display tank (something around 500gph).
4) Does a FOwLR
system require a better lighting system? If so do I have to upgrade the entire hood( currently have the hood that came with the All Glass Aquarium)
5) Where is the best place to by Salt? Online or LFS
My Goal is to get this system up and running and see how I do with the hobby but I do not want to spend a ton of money and overcommit myself before making sure I am going to stick with it.
Thanx in advance for the help and suggestions and for all the good discussion on the PrettyFishies thread. That will really help when I get to the cycling stage.