Well there are 2 schools of thought really. If you want a totally natural tank then you let the inverts and dsb
do the job for you. But if you want mechanical filtration i would say aquaclear is good for hang-ons and i would say ditch the bioballs anyway, its just too much of a nitrate producer in a reef setup. I would get a protein skimmer regardless if people tell you reefs dont need them. Test the water daily or every other day after the cycle for nitrates/calcium/ph
. Less than 10ppm on the nitrates, around 400 on calcium, i keep my tank around 8.2 ph
is about 3.0. B-ionic is a great buffer for calcium and alk
. Make sure before you buy any corals to check your calcium especially. Inverts first, corals then fish is my routine. Cabinet filters? I hope you dont mean canisters, they really arent good, or so ive heard. Stay away from fluvals also. I dont really deal with the whole "where to put my powerhead" i made a spraybar across the top of my water that shoots out and downward and that pushes water well, dont waste time on the whole positioning thing.