I'm new to the saltwater aquarium but have been keeping fish for about 12 years. I've got both a 40 gallon and a 60, both of which were freshwater. I kept discus successfully in the 60 gallon, and the 40 had German Blue Rams. I recently moved, and now I'm converting the 60 to a saltwater, and have a few questions about filtration and setup.
I guess my biggest concern is filtration. I'm planning on keeping a fish only tank, with a small amount of live rock, say 30-40 pounds. I've always used undergravel filters in conjunction with a powerhead, but I've read quite a bit about how UGFs are a thing of the past. What are your opinions on them? I was considering also buying a Fluval 304 or 404, and possibly a skimmer. A LFS
rep recommended a "Skilter" which is kind of a HOB
/Skimmer in one. Anyone have any experience with those? Does this setup sound about right for my plans? I have no intentions of going to a reef tank, and hadn't really planned on inverts, unless it's something compatible with the fish I'm considering.
My plans for the tank are to keep a Dwarf Lionfish, possible a moray, and something else. I really don't know a lot about the recommended fish to keep with a Lion, but I'm pretty deadset on the Lion, so I'm tailoring the tank to him. Any recommendations? How many other fish should I plan to keep with him?
Thanks a lot in advance. Sorry for the long post, but I've been treading through mindless amounts of books/websites, and decided to try some real live human interaction. Thanks again.