Just wanted to say hello and ask a few questions (Great site and great people on here by the way) And sorry this is so long. Ok, I was initially going to setup a FW
tank, but just love the color of SW
fish so am heading in that direction, and would like to start with a FOWLR
and gradually build it into a Reef tank
I have been searching around here for a couple of days with some confusion on sump, skimmer, PH
setups for the larger tanks. I feel I need to research and learn a lot more about larger tanks and setting up a sump, PHs, Skimmers, and such before going all out. I was at my LFS
and they said a sump was not neccasary, but from I found on here it would be the optimal setup. So my research will go on.
So now to my questions:
1. I was given a 10 gal
. tank and was wondering if I should
(A) start with the small 10 gal SW
setup and no sump (Start my education with this) Then start gradually buying and setting up a larger 55-90 gal
(B) get a 55 gal
starter tank and use the 10 gal
as a sump setup (Not sure if 10 gal
is large enough for a sump for a 55 gal
2. There are so many products and different setups, I am very confused on what are the basic equipment needed. Is there any basic check list.
(A) what is exactly needed for a 10 gal
with no sump. (Budget & Money no object)
(B) What is exactly needed for a 55 gal
with a sump (And any diagrams on setting up a sump) (Budget & Money no Object)
I do not mean to make it sound like I want my hand held, but a basic list would be cool for various size/type tanks (There may already be one and I over looked it), then it would give a newbie like me a place to start researching brands and prices for the listed must have equipment.
Last question for now then i'll leave you all alone for the day, my wife really enjoys the look of lionfish and would like to get 1 when we setup a larger tank. I did a search on here after my LFS
got me scared of them, but could not find what I was looking for. I was told that you can possibly die from a lionfish sting. I have three kids ranging from 5-12 and would be worried at this point. What are the real chances of A. someone getting stung by one B. Of someone actually dying if stung?
Whew, very sorry so long, but been sitting here every day for a few hours for the past few days and my head is filled with so many ?????