I am new to this site and have alot of questions about setting up a FOLR system...
Years ago I had a 40+ Gal SW
and then a 20 Gal SW
. Both were fairly easy to maintain. Both had Marineland bio-wheels. Recently I have decided to return to SW
as a hobby. For start up equipment I have a 27 gal
hexagon tank, a magnum 350 canister filter, and a 2-light fluorscent fixture with one 15 W fluorscent 18,000 K
Power-Glo bulb. I see alot of new products on the market and I would like advice on where to go from here. I want a FOLR tank with 3 or 4 fish, maybe a yellow tang, a clown and some damsels. Any advice would be appreciated. Here are some Qs:
1) I want to get a protein skimmer and LR
(in lieu of using the canister for filtration) but I am not sure on how to set up a protein skimmer with a hex tank. The tank has a DIY wood hood which I guess can be modified to accomodate a HOT skimmer. Does anyone have experience with setting up a skimmer for a hex tank? Can it be housed in the cabinet below or does it have to be attached directly to the outside of the tank? Can you recommend a particular skimmer?
2) Same for the power head... any kind in particular to easily use on a hex tank?
3) What additional lighting might be needed in additon to the power-glo bulb? Can the balast be replaced on a light fixture as only one of the light outlets is functional.
Hope you can help!