Hi everyone, I bought an All Glass 72 Gal
BF with 1 built in overflow and I am looking to set up a Reef Aquarium, with clown fish, LR
. I have some questions for you guys, and i'm looking for recommendations on specific brands for my 72 gal
1) 1.5 xi 72 = 108ibs of LR
. Is this an acceptable number to use as a bio only filter?
2) 3" of LS
in a 72 Bow dimensions: 48 1/4 x 17 7/8 x 22 3/4 would be approximately 140ibs? I'm going to go with 30ibs of LS
and the rest dead is that good enough?
3) I know I need some pretty serious lighting to accommodate a reef tank but figuring out exactly what i need is the problem i'm having. From what i've read the general consensus is that MH
is the way to go so you only buy lights once. My tank needs a 48" canopy similar to this: http://www.all-glass.com/products/aquariums/index.html
How many lights am I looking at getting? Can anyone recommend a store that sells what I need? All Glass is the brand of tank I have but they only have a 2 or 3 light canopy from what i can find, would that be enough? I have to have the strip-light type of canopy that sits on top of the tank and the best I've been able to find is this: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113030
. I hate lighting =o)
4) Protein Skimmer. I have a built in over flow with the overflow kit I need a recommendation on which skimmer to buy. From what I understand HOB
's are for non RR tanks and sumps are for ones with built in overflows, so i need an under the stand skimmer, how large should my sump tank(can i use a rumbermaid container?) be under there?
5) 72-78degrees is optimal for clowns and many LR
(from Foster & Smith), would 2 150w heaters be sufficient for 72 gallons? What brand do you guys recommend?
6) Would 2x Maxi Jet 1200's for water movement be enough?
Bottom line i'm looking for is your opinions on the following:
Best place to buy LR
Best place to buy LS
Best place to buy a 48" canopy with MH
Best Skimmer for the buck?
Best salt mixture and best place to buy?
Price and Quality are my 2 driving factors in that order.