Originally Posted by Bearchumjs
LOL! Now we know what tO use when the cuc needs to be fattened up!
Haha yeah not good it will take atleast a good month to stop also. To answer a few of your questions... clowns do not need to have a nem but in saying that it is really cool to watch them host one. Nems need a pretty established stable tank to do well and depending on what type of clowns you have they like to host different nems. I have occy clowns and they like to host my green bubble tip. I put it in my tank after about 4 months and it is doing well. Just feed it some mysis shrimp once a week.
As for equipment I have the odyssea advance plus fixture from aquatraders.com it is a great deal for the price. I payed $180 for 1 250w halide 4 t5s and 4 led
moonlights all in 1 fixture. Its a rediculous deal. I also have a cooling fan blowing between the fixture and tank because the halide heats up the water so bad just a little tip
A skimmer just removes excess nutrients from the water. You don't need one for smaller tanks but for 50 and up I would get one. Always get one rated for double your tank size. I have a reef octopus bh 1000 hang on back skimmer for my 29gal. Just keeps the water pristein for my corals. I got it for $140 during a group buy from bulkreefsupply.com.
As for testing I test for ph, alkalinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, calcium, and magnesium. The last 2 are to make sure the levels are correct for my corals.
You also don't need a refugeium unless you want one. I have one built into my sump the I built. It let's you put some extra rock for more filtration and helps with the pod population if you have fish that like to eat pods
Lastly when someone says a tank is drilled they are refering to the style of overflow to the sump. There is also a hang on the back overflow back. Imo
drilled is always better due to the fact that it won't overflow if the power goes out. The hang on back works on a siphon and if it loses siphon the return pump will empty your sump into your display tank and overflow it.
And don't forget a glass top for your tank if you have fish that like to jump. Also helps with evaporation.
Hope this helps a little. I know I didn't answer all of your questions but lunch break is over lol