tnscuba, Your tank would probably cycle faster with 30# of live rock from lr
.com. You will also get all of the cool critters that come with live rock. I went the dry rock and dead shrimp route because it was cheaper. It took what seemed like a very long time to cycle that way. As far as the skimmer, I would run it. I didn't run one for about 3 months and the nutrients in my tank got a little out of hand.
ScubaBaker, My lights are the Orbit 4x65 watt PC
with moon lights. With the mounting legs, I don't have any problem with the temp. My tank is a 50 gal
With my lighting setup I have probably limited myself on some corals I can keep, but I don't plan on keeping and SPS
and probably only select LPS
; mostly softies and that sort of stuff. I wish I could keep a clam but that is probably out of the question also. If someone thinks that it is possible for me to be able to keep one, let me know because my lfs
is moving and has some KILLER deals on his coral and clams.