Ok, for my 55 gallon tank im ordering my equipment online becuase... well its a LOT cheaper. Anyway there's just so many brands out there and i want to make sure i start right so im just wondering what brands are the best, most relieble, most value for my money? From your experience.
I need to get:
Powerheads- maxijet or aquaclear seem to be prevailant... which ones are the easiest to mount? and how much output do i need? I was planning on getting 2 of the maxi jets that put out 160gph.. to much? not enough?
protein skimmer-i don't have a sump and i like the seaclone protein skimmer because it can hang on the back of the tank (like a hob
filter) and its a good price. If i get the one rated for aquariums up to 100gallons will that be sufficient? If not can you reccomend another good brand protein skimmer?
Aquarium pharmeceutacals master saltwater test kit- i love the freshwater version so im sure the sw
is just as reliable. Any extra test kits im going to need? This is going to be a fish only with live rock until i upgrade the lighting and then i will start doing corals (one day... lol)
Sorry i know its a lot to ask but i just don't want to spend a lot of money and find out i got all junk products so all of your suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks!