So, I have been thinking about a SW
tank for awhile now, but just didn't think I could make it happen. I've had freshwater tanks for years now (like 6 or 7 years?) and I have a pretty good hold on them I think...as well as my high tech planted tanks (though they aren't perfect by ANY means).
I'm ready for a change and a challenge!
I've been doing alot of research online and I'm ready to ask some questions. I still have alot of research to do though.
Here's what my plan is so far:
20 long sump (maybe....)
T5HO lighting (have some questions...)
Not much yet...haha. And I don't have the tank yet...waiting for the LFS
to get one in.
This is definitely going to be a reef tank.
Now for my questions:
I can get a drilled tank from the LFS
and I'm thinking of doing that and having a 20 long sump. I am nervous about the plumbing and such of a sump and no matter how much I read, I don't quite understand how to hook one up....but I like to learn.
I can get an undrilled tank too, if I decide against a sump. Any pros/cons for a sump??
For lighting....I have a 4x39w Tek T5HO fixture that I was going to use since my original plan was to do a planted tank. I want to get a T5HO fixture for my 40br, so I can use the bulbs I bought and get SW
friendly ones. I want to grow mainly soft corals and possibly LPS
eventually. Would I be ok with a 4x39w fixture or would it be wise to get a 6x39w fixture?
I've seen both used over 40 breeder tanks on forums and since a 50g has a similar footprint, I wasn't sure if the 6x39w would be overkill. I can always use the Tek over my 40 breeder planted. I've also done a little research on metal halide....so I'm wondering what you all would suggest to me.
I've read about RO
units and that is one thing that has always led
me away from SW
. I was always under the impression that you had to get a permanent RO
unit, but I've now learned that most all come with the option of faucet attachments. Any suggestions on a brand or particular unit?
Thanks for reading my long post and TIA for any suggestions you have!