The BakPak is a decent skimmer. Better than the SeaClone any way to look at it. 3-4in of sand is a good amount if you don't mind the look. If you get some LR
, the sand bed gets seeded with a lot of nice beneficial critters and works. Some people run 4-6in sand beds (a DSB
) for the nitrate reducing qualities. I think it looks ugly, and thats a good use of a refugium
. I run about 2in avg. (no fuge). With enough LR
, I still maintain a <5 nitrate figure with very infrequent water changes. My bioload is light right now though.
What kind of Coralife light is that? How many bulbs, and how many watts a bulb? For LR
filtration, you do not need any light over the tank. If you're growing coraline algae (the purple hard stuff, looks nice), 1-2watts/gallon of light will be enough.
55g reef, 2x250W 10k MH
+ 2x96W PC
actninc, 10g sump, AquaC Urchin skimmer, 65lbs LR
xenia, mushrooms, wels. open brain, fungia radiata (orange), green eyed zoos
flame angel, mated pair of false perc, 6-line, firefish
20gH electric yellow cichlid