I have been bitten by the saltie bug (thanks to my boss, lol) and am getting ready to set up my first saltie tank. This is going to be a FOWLR
tank for now, but I might try going reef down the road.
Pleease pardon my silly questions, but I want to make sure I do this right.
I will be using a standard 20 gallon tank, and 20-25 lbs of rock. Planning to go with mostly dry base rock with just a few pieces of live rock to help cycle. WIll also use live sand.
As far as filtration, I have been reading that canister filters just end up turning into nitrate factories withour proper cleaning. For a tank this size, what is the best type of filter to go with? I have an exisiting canister, and am willing to put in the work, but I don't want to go with something that will just be trouble down the road. Can one use an hob
filter on a tank this size for filtration?
Filtration suggestions for a standard 20 FOWLR
tank would be greatly appreciated.
Also, protien skimmers.................do I need one on a FOWLR
tank? It seems like there is so much debate on this. What are some good skimmers to look for? There are sooooo many out there, lol.
Here is what I want to stock the tank with, PLEASE be honest and tell me if this is too much for the tank, or not compatible, etc. I have nothing set in stone yet, so I am open to ideas for stocking.
1 Ocelleris Clown (tank bred orange)
1 Yellow Clown Goby
1 Halloween Hermit Crab
1 Coral Banded Shrimp
If I am not too overtocked already, and could swing it, I would love to add a Royal Gramma Basslet to the list.
Also, I know I will probably need more of a clean up crew, what critters should I add to this list for clean up?
And lastly, after cycle and stocking, what is a decent water change schedule? I do weekly 50% water changes on my freshwater tanks. Would that be too much at one time in a saltwater tank? What schedule do most of you with a smaller saltie tank keep?
Thanks in advance for all of your help!