Originally Posted by Jk83lfcn
Could I start off with just the standard light set up with two T5 tubes and eventually upgrade before I am putting coral in the tank?
If you're not going to have coral at first and you already have the light, you can use it. Any light at all is ok for FOWLR
-you don't even have to have one actually for just fish and rocks. But if you haven't bought it yet, then you should just buy one good for coral so that you're not paying twice. I have a Fluval 406 for my tank, and I love it. The water is very clean and clear. I do also have a skimmer. Thats the right medium. There should also be some carbon bags in there. I switched my carbon out recently and now have chemipure instead of the Fluval carbon, but that can be done at any time when you clean the filter. I do PWC
every week and rinse out everything and alternate replacing parts of the media like polishing pads, long foam, etc.