sorry think the link to one of the stickies is dead.. .
anyways just took the plunge. me and my wife decided to add another tank after we got our first one, a 55 gal
. freshwater tank.
what we have right now are:
130 gallon tank.,fluval fx5,heater, a pair of coralreef strip lights.
question: do i need a protein skimmer? dunno exactly what its for but with the fluval fx5 i can put in media (opti-carb) that supposedly removes protein (among other things) before it breaks down into toxic compounds.
we are still confused as to what setup we want. initially we thought of just having fish only then later on put in corals and stuff... but after thinking about it, i think its way too much for us (as we have full time jobs) and maybe we will just settle for bright colored fish and synthetic (is there such a thing?) corals or like perhaps what we saw in the lfs
, some decors that looked like rocks and corals. would this be more feasible to do?
thats just about it for now... just finished rinsing the CC's that i put in and also put in the salt. btw, how much salt should i put in for a 130 gal
. tank? put in 1 1/2 bag (50lb per bag) and the reading on the hydrometer is not within normal range. do i have to stir/mix the salt? how long does it usually take before i get normal values?