1) Is keeping a FOWLR
easier than keeping a reef aquarium?
will be easier than a reef, no corals to make you worry about Nitrate (Althought it is less toxic to fish, enough of it will aggitate the fish).
2) Is a FOWLR
Will be cheaper because of the corals, or lack of.
3) Can I set up a FOWLR
with a 6 or 12 gallon eclipse?
Tough one...the bigger the better. Problem with nano's is stablity. With a larger tank there is more room for error.
4) How many fish can I have with a 6 gallon? With a 12?
I'm going to say 1 for both 6 and 12. Really depends on the fish, you can keep a pair of clown in the 12, in the 6 probably only one, and it must remain small.
5) Which one will be easier to maintain?
12, more room for error but still not a lot of room.
6) Does anyone out there currently use an eclipse system for FOWLR
? Are there any mods that are necessary or can I just run it straight up?
7) Any other words of advice? Thoughts?[/quote]
Its going to be tough, a lot of nano's are runned by experienced reefers. If I had to do a nano, I would take my time and make sure things are stable before adding expensive. You could let it cycle and then place a damsel in there to "test" the tank out for a month or so, see how the temp and pH swings. After it looks stable to maintain life you can get rid of it and get that one fish you really want.