Hey all, picked up a 55g bowfront today for $150, complete setup.
I was a bit iffy at first but then figured the tank, rock and fish alone was well worth the $
The setup has been running for 1.5 years, and was maintained by a LFS
for a business.
I'm assuming, from the condition of the tank, fish, corals that the filter has been doing it's job, and maintenance has been ok. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the inner glass was pretty dirty (I cleaned it all before completely reassembling the setup, and it's pretty spotless now).
Anyways, there's no protein skimmer, just a Emperor 400 hang-On filter, and a power head in 1 corner (See pics Below).
It has a 1 Porcupine Puffer, 1 Chocolate Chip Starfish, 2 clown fish, 1 Sea Urchin, 1 Sea Anemone, several Tube Anemone's, and 3 small Turbo Snails.
Seeing that the tank has been running for the time it has, I can say that with regular maintenance, the Emp400 is sufficient, but I do have more Live Rock that I want to add and, at some point like to add a few more fish.
So I'm looking for recommendations for filter, if needed, and should I add a Skimmer? (Hang on because the tank is not drilled, unless I went with a sump setup).
Thanks in advance!