Hey guys(and girls), found the forum about a week ago, done tons of reading just across various topics on here since then, all sorts of interesting things gleaned from these pages, as well as having been able to see all sorts of interesting pics of home set-ups that some of you operate.
I'm not new to the SW
world, as a number of years ago my family owned and maintained 11 aquariums: 8 SW FO
(1 was a 55gal containing a solitary Octupus of unknown species 8in. span after 2yrs, simple setup w/CC substrate) the largest being 180gal-the rest were 55's and 75's, 3 FW
(1 was a 20gal feeder). This was all a good 11yrs ago, and everything has since been broken down and sold. I am planning on picking up a few books this weekend to read through as refresher material, to re-acquaint me w/things before I start buying my equipment.
I recently got the hankering to set up another aquarium and am limited to less than 50gal as of right now. Had been looking at a 44gal corner tank(can get it for $120) and figured on around 77lbs of LR
, and 70lbs or so of LS
. Let it cycle properly, and then introduce a variety of crabs and snails for algae control, followed(a few weeks later) by a Yellow Stripe Maroon Clown(tank raised/aquacultered of course) and Bubble Tip Anemone, and then a bit later, maybe a Serpent Star or two and/or a cucumber and then possibly progress to Coral at some point after that? (I'm happy w/just the Clown Fish being the only fish in the tank, though a friend that raises Jelly-Fish suggested possibly adding a Hippo/Blue Tang as well)
I had planned on running either a Red Sea Berlin Classic HOT(or maybe a RSB Turbo Classic HOT), or an AquaC Remora HOT. Don't have the room for a sump. And haven't looked at power heads as of yet, maybe some of you could make some suggestions as far as power heads/water movement are concerned.
I realize for the Anemone I'll need way more lighting than the puny stock hood offers, and was looking to make my own hood using this
in conjunction w/a 250w bulb and IceCap ballast and building a fan into one end cap, using black Lexan to finish off the rest of the hood... But do I need to provision for a couple of Actinic 03's in addition to the MH
? We used flourescent with our old setups, and they were all FO
, so it sufficed, first time I've worked w/MH
so I don't know what I need to meet the lighting needs as far as solely MH
, or something else in addition to.
More questions/curiousities to follow as I'd love to hear everyones opinion on some of my other thoughts as well, but I think I'll leave it at this for now. Thanks for any replies, I appreciate your time.