As I a stated earlier I have bought and read 2 books, reviewed countless threads, talked to several people, and compiled a notebook full of notes. I wish I would have done more.
The biggest change I would make would be drilling the tank for sump/refug. After going through everything I thought that with all the live rock, and sand the biological filter would be enough. Now that my water parameters are good I guess it may just be. But it would make me more comfortable to have it set up for additional volume if nothing else.Plus it would make my tank look better by removing the protein skimmer and hob
filter. Will probably buy a hob
overflow but have read a few horror stories.
I have looked into a few small ro
systems and I will get one later. $$