I started cycling a 30 gal
2 days ago and had a couple questions. Right now I've got sand, live rock (15lbs going to 30), a heater, a 240 power head and a 750 power head. I got tank water from my LFS
and just waiting for sand to settle right now. Im planning a reef setup.
I'm wondering, with this setup, if I have a protein skimmer, do I need a filter? Which is more reasonable - a canister or HOB
? I'm more concerned with tank cleanliness & health than cost, but don't want to throw $ at something totally redundant.
I'm looking at a Seaclone 100 skim bc as I understand it can be HOB
at first then moved into a sump if I decide to later. Is this a decent unit? Or am o better with a Prism HOB
Should I be running the skimmer during cycling or will it hurt the process?
Should I do a PWC
towards the end of cycling before live stock goes in?
If I'm buying water from my LFS
, 5 Gal
in a bucket, how long can it sit sealed before I add salt to do the change?
I think that's it for now.
Thanks a ton!