So I'm not your typical newbie as I was in this hobbie for quite a bit until a couple of years ago. I have recently decided to come back but with a 10g nano reef to keep the costs down.
My goal is to stock it with 1 small, very colorful fish (not sure yet..), and have a very nice combination of coral colonies. I want the centerpiece of the tank to be the corals and for my fishy companion to have a beautiful aquascape to live in and a nice crew of invert buddies.
With that being said, I'd like to be able to successfully grow ANY kind of coral.
Right now my setup consists of:
- A basic glass 10g aquarium
- Some generic small HOB
filter I had lying around
- A Koralia 3 PH
- A small JBJ pump I used to use to mix saltwater for my bigger tanks, maybe for a bit more flow?
- A 30" Coralife 130w PC
(2x65w 50/50 bulbs)
- A pretty nice big heater.
So what obviously stands out is the fact that I am using a fairly weak, way too big lighting fixture.
My first question.... what kind of lighting fixture would I be looking at so I can grow ANY kind of coral? What if I only wanted to grow mostly soft/LPS
? I'd rather stay way from Metal Halides if possible, what are good options with LEDs? I'd prefer to keep my budget ~$250 for lighting on a tank of this size.
Secondly, what is the best sea salt and hydrometer you guys use to keep your salinity perfect? I had pretty crappy experiences with the instant ocean hydrometer.
Anything else I'm missing? I've been out of the game for a while.. I already have a few lbs of live rock in there starting my cycle, and my test kit ready to rock, so I probably have a few weeks now.
Thanks in advance guys!