Hey CBRGuy I live just a few miles from you! Didn't even notice the first time...small world! We are definately lacking in good sw lfs
. Where do you go world wide aquarium?
Yes you should ideally have 10-20x flow, so something like 2 300-400gph ph
would be good. They will not kick up sand if placed a little higher than sand level. They are waaay quieter than emp. 400's also!
I find the same thing with the lfs
, they are stuck in old school techniques like using wet/dry filters for reef tanks, etc. Trust the guys here, the lfs
just wants to sell. I took my 400 out of my system and my nitrates have been dropping steadily!
For lighting, to get coraline algae and possibility of some corals later you may want to try something like this would be a good starting point until you want to look at really serious stuff like MH
this is pc
lighting, widely considered the best value or bang for your buck compared to mh
, due to low power consumption & long life
I just put a 2x 96w 36" kit on mine and I am very happy. 1 10000k & 1 actinic blue. It produces a very bright natural looking light, not nearly as good as MH
, but very good for 1/3 the money. BTW
, that top light looks like an outright steal.