Here's what I all plan on getting:
1 SeaClone 100 Protein Skimmer
Ehh... I guess it is better than no skimmer at all, but not by much. I ran a SeaClone for about 1-2 months before I wised up and bought something else. I could never get it adjusted to that it would produce constant foam. If you can afford it, buy an Aqua C Remora skimmer. These are great skimmers.
Any reason you don't want to use LR
as your main filtration method? You can use a power filter, but you will have nitrate problems for the life of the system. LR
gives you the ability to not only have a "natural" looking system, but to also bring in all kinds of life (bugs, critters, pods
, etc...) that you will never get without LR
. It is truly amazing to see what kind of ecosystem develops in a tank after it has been running 6-12 months with LR
in it. every time you look into the system, you will see something new.
If a powerfilter is the only thing in your budget that you can afford, then that will do. I like the Aquaclear filters myself.
Don't know what powerhead to get for a 38
I like the Maxijets. If you are going to use a powerfilter, than you should need more than two powerheads. One on each end corner of the tank and face their outputs toward a middle point on the front of the tan so their flows intersect.
Not sure on what light to get
I like Oceanic Salt but only because of the high Ca
content. Instant Ocean will be fine for you. Just about any Hydro is good. I used to use a swing arm before I bought my refractometer. They are cheaper than the floating hydro and easier to read. For test kits, I would recommend nothing less than Salifert, although you could get away with some cheaper brands (Aquarium Pharm, Tetra, etc...) for the testing of Ammonia and nitrite. For nitrate, I would definitely get a Salifert kit.
Here's the fish I plan on having:
2 Percula Clowns
3 Green Chromis
Your tank is already over stocked!!
If it were me, I would dump all the Chromis and stick with the rest of the fish. Basically it is exactly what I have except you would have to trade out the goby for a damsel.