I currently have a 46 gallon bow front FOWLR
with 50 lb of live rock and 80 lbs of live sand / Reef octopus BC 2000 hob
skimmer. I wasnt really thinking about setting up a reef when i first started but know that i getting more confident i am planning on getting some begginer specimens.
First question, I currently have the regular lighting that came with the tank. Looking in to getting a T5 fixture but not sure if I should get a 2 bulb 50/50 set up or 4 bulb set up. I know i should probably go for the larger unit but I dont want to over do it if i dont have to. Are there any suggestions on brands or models?
Second question, I dont have room for a refugium/ sump so aside from regular PCW's how can i keep pristine water conditons and keep nitrates and phos levels down? thinking of geting a reactor but thought i post here to see if there are other suggestions. I am still a noob and probably wont be jumping into a reef anytime soon but forcasting and planning things out at this point.
Thanks for the help in advance.