I just moved house and bought a new (used) tank with plans of transferring my planted freshwater setup into it. I flip flopped for a few days and I think I'm going to go saltwater. I've always wanted to and the tank I got has some pretty sweet lights that pushed me over the edge.
the tank is a 56 gallon collumn-ish shape, 30" wide, 24" tall and... i think like 18 deep or so.
the light is a combo kit with a 250w MH
and 4 48watt t5's. It came with a c220 canister filter, which it looks like I wont be using much for saltwater.
the stand is kind of a pain because it looks nice but there's not much room to work with. the canister filter takes up the majority of the room currently so it looks like a sump is out. my plans for filteration were a HOB
skimmer (remora?), a HOB
refugium with macro algae & sand (both of these as large as will fit in the footprint of the back of the tank) and lots of live rock. also a few powerheads
I would like to keep soft corals, a big cleanup crew, some inverts, a clown & anenome, a flame angel, and some blennies and a few other small fish.
does this sound like a decent setup for a first foray into saltwater with a soft coral reef tank?