I guess I should have asked what the future plans were for the tank before I posted sorry The best lighting is not necessary with FOWLR
. The temptation to go from FOWLR
to reef is always there at least it was for me and I regret not getting the best lighting now as I thought in the beginning FOWLR
was all I wanted. Also better lighting usually helps the desirable coraline algae grow on the liverock.
When it comes to RO
water regardless of reef or not it will greatly help the success of the tank because saltwater fish are more sensative to water chemistry tap water has so many contaminates in it. Also using RO
water will definately reduce the unsightly algae blooms by eliminating the chemicals that algae thrives on. Once I started using the RO
water it become a lot less maintenance because I did not have to scrub the algae from my tank near as much. And made my life easier and my tank more enjoyable.
I used hydromoters up until recently when I broke down after some convincing and bought a refractometer to test SG
I found that the hydromoters were off a lot and I really had 1.028 SG
when my hydromoter said 1.023 Glad I bought the refractometer for sure.
Just trying to share some best practices here. And trying to be helpfull I hope I was