New member here. I posted an intro in the new member's forum. I come from a freshwater background but haven't had fish in a while. I've got three little kids, two of whom have autism and LOVE watching fish. I've been reading and researching SW
for month's now and find it fascinating. I'm hoping to give it a go soon.
I'm shooting for a 75 Gallon FOWLR
, though I might want to put in some mushrooms and zoas eventually, so I know it then becomes a reef tank. I don't want a sump. I'm sure some folks are gonna take issue with that, but I want to go HOB
largely for my setup.
2 Ocellaris Clowns
1 Royal Gramma
1 Flame Angel
1 Coral Beauty
1 Exquisite Fairy Wrasse
1 Kole Tang or Whitetail Bristletooth Tang
1 Flasher Wrasse of an undetermined type
I also intend to have mobile inverts in here. A CUC, some brittlestars, urchins, and some shrimp. Is that all too ambitious? I know all the fish per gallon rules of thumb. I had thought of getting rid of the tang and doing a flame hawkfish. Could also get rid of the flasher wrasse and do just one ocellaris. Also could dispose of the firefish. I want to give the two dwarf angels a go, though I know they may not get along, and could pick on the inverts. I'm going to try buying them young and at the same time.
I want to do a HOB
skimmer. Do you guys think the Remora Aqua-C Pro is better, or the Reef Octopus BH-2000...or another one you could rec for a heavy bioload?
If I just want to do some zoas and Mushrooms and maybe some leathers, can I get away with just 4 T5 HOs?
If I want to run a UV
sterilizer and a carbon reactor, can I possibly connect them inline using just one pump from the tank?
When getting live rock, I know the 1pd/gallon rule. Can that be a mixture of base and premium, or does it have to be all premium rock?
If I get 4-6 shrimp, 2 urchins, some hermits and snails, does that mess up the bioload? How many brittlestars(or traditional stars--but not the knobby kind) could you keep here? My son says he wants a starfish friend...
Those are some early questions. I've bought nothing at this point. I've read 5-6 books and I've been lurking the forums. Any takers?