Ok Guys n Gals....
Couple questions - I hope you can explain and give any tips...
I have a 75G FW
with a handfull of chiclids and a couple oscars (I know that a few people told me they would never live together that the oscars would be killed but they all seem happy and there arent any fights once in a while one of the chiclids gets a little crazy and starts tryin to show his stuff but i think there is too much compition for him cause there all still fine and it has been bout 6-8mnths now)
anyways... on to the issue @ hand...
I have been drooling over SW
setups for sometime now, at first i didnt want to cause everyone says how hard it is, but reading and researching - I have come to the conclusion I can do it and want to do it.
I need some help though
I have a couple of filters...
filter -- 1 canister filter (im not sure the brands or sizes but they were top of line when purchased and have been working great at keeping tank clean) ( im at work now or else i would just look)
hood with 2 Fluorescent's that seem to work great - I also rigged it up with a nice little switch on the back and some PC
blue moonlights, i click them on at night the look pretty good a little bright but im gonna modify them soon.
Doing all my research im a little confused about the lights
will these work ok for SW
or do i need a Metal Halide lighting system or both - if they will work are there specs on the W or whatever else i should have n know?
I also have a bunch of Lace Rock im using I made some nice caves with them and my fish love them ( the picture only shows about half the rock and I want to get more... but can I use these rocks in SW
or do i need live rock ? I would like to use the Lace as a starter for the caves and Get some Liverock to build up and around, and build a nice rock formation) The Lace is really nice looking rock and it looks like tons of stuff could grow on it - can SW
fish and Live Rock go fine with teh Lace Rock?
I suppose you should know what type of tank i am looking into building..
heres what ive been thinking...
I want some live rock to go with my Lace rock, some Anemones, Clownfish, Blue Tang, hand full of Blue/Green Reef Chromis, (Black & White Butterflyfish - can i put these in a setup im thinking of?) , Flame Hawkfish? , and some more just gotta do some more research... suggestions welcome - thanks
Want to do live sand how many lbs should i get 50 or so? would like a nice bed on the bottom.
also do i need a protien skimmer? im thinking i want one - do i get a HOB
type? or a sump type ?
and what exactly is a sump - another tank in the stand that feeds the water to the main tank ???? little confused about that too...
is it better to have a 10g in the stand ? do I fill that when water gets low and that feeds the big tank ?
or can i use my two filters and a HOB
What should I do about water flow in the tank - there is some good flow now but i assume i need better???
Sorry for the long garbally post but have alot of questions and need alot of answers... thanks please feel free to just tell me my idea is foolish and what i do really need to do - i really want to do the SW
thing just need some help (well more than ...some help) duh!!!
oh yeah im also going to be building a nice canopy and I plan on configuring some lights and fans in there, once i know what lights i need - Im prob going to build a new stand as well i have one now thats cool but i wanna build a really nice setup that goes perfect with the canopy. gonna really put some time and money into the stand n hood, cant wait to get started!!! :P :P