Thanks for all the replies everyone - you guys sure are nicer than the people on many of the car forums I visit
My situation is that I am a college student with a job, and I make a decent amount of spending cash. This means that I would like to keep it reasonably inexpensive, and don't have tons of room for a huge tank (living in a house with 5 other guys next year). But, I do not want to cheap out on anything, and absolutely want to give the fish the best possible environment to live in. I would say a max of ~$500 (w/out fish) would fit my budget (though the less money spent, the better). Could a 40-50 gallon setup be feasible for that amountt? Note: I was planning on trying over the next several months to obtain a used, suitable 40-50 gallon tank/stand, in order to save some money and begin cycling/setup.
Although I don't really know what I'm talking about yet (LOL), I was planning on a FOWLR
setup, as I feel I have nowhere near the expertise to take on corals, anenomes etc, and to be honest find fish more interesting, and would rather put my money there. However, a FOWLR
setup that could later support reef inhabitants down the road sounds very appealing. If it would fit my budget I think that'd be the way to go.
Also, I am curious about the stresses of moving the fish. Since I am in college, unfortunately the tank would have to come home with me in the summer and back to school in the fall, which is another reason I need to keep it on the smaller side. Is this an unreasonable task for a SW
tank setup? (I have access to large cars and will probably rent a moving van, so getting the tank home and back wouldn't be a problem, it'd just be physically easier to cart around a 45 gallon tank/stand rather than a huge one). There's only about an hour travel time between my school and folks's home. I am hoping if done properly, the fish wouldn't have to be terribly stressed. I took my FW
tank home for X-mas break and back w/no casualties.
I suppose that's about it. I really hope that my SW
dreams are feasible, as I spend at least an hour each time at the LFS
gawking at all the gorgeous saltwater setups/fish. They must hate me in there, LOL. I am in love with one of the little blue tangs. So cute
Any help is most appreciated,
P.S. What kind of filtration would I need with a 40-50 gallon FOWLR
P.P.S. What's a sump?