OK so I am thinking it over again.
Some of you migt know I am into the FW
and planted tanks currently running a 90 gallon FW
and a 46 gallon FW
tank. Both heavily planted high tech etc.
I do love them and don't want to get rid of them persay but I am looking to try my hand at SW
I have been considering changing the 46 gallon bowfront to SW
and just maintaining the 90 for FW
(it has my discus which I can't part with and they need a large volume of water)
So I do want to do a reef one day for sure....I love taking my son to the dentist because I get to stare at their reef for a long time...lol.
So my current set up as FW
with my 46 gal
46 gallon tank (of course)
HOT magnum filter
250 w heater
pengin 660 powerhead
Also a smaller AC
60 powerhead retired from another tank.
and light which is 96 watt PC
So how much of this is useful? I think I have a good source for some LR
if I can get it home without too much hassle (I live 90 miles from town) might mean several trips to get enough.
How much lighting is necessary for a reef? I might be able to trade some of it to the LFS
or livestock since everything they have seems to be used...lol.
The tank kind of needs to have a top on it (is this a concern?) at least a glass pr screen covering because my 3 yr old always likes to stick her hands where they don't belong...she also likes to "feed the fishies" despite the food beingin a locked cabinet...which has resulted in discus death which I did not appreciate at ALL!
Any suggestions? I would LOVE to tell my husband that I almost have everything I need.
I also have a 10 gal
tank available for a sump if it is needed.
I am in need of a winter project so I think this would be perfect to get my feet wet (or hands more literally) in SW
so to speak. I am hoping I could do the conversion without spending too much money.
Also I am curious if I need to sterilize the tank completely to convert it from FW
or if the benficial bacteria would survive the conversion? I suppose it would be better to start with a sterile environment eh? and fishless cycle the same as I would for FW
One thing I have on my side is the fact that my husband was installing for one of our satellite customers the other day and saw a reef tank....he came home and made a point of telling me how very cool it was....so I think I have an in...lol.
So, if it were you what would you do?
All suggestions welcome. I would like to one day get a very large tank for a reef but would like to try it out with this one and see what all I need for the big one. I am getting kind of excited about it and I already know I will want clownfish so lets keep that in mind.
Thanks in advance to all!
oh yeah....and I am rather leary of drilling this tank so please tell me if it is possible to do without drilling it!