Hello all! So I have a few questions... actually a ton. Sorry. So here's the deal I have a heartland 60 gallon tall aquarium tank that currently holds my goldfish in it after re homing my goldfish I want to tackle saltwater. I've had this tank established well over a year and a half and i'm ready for a new adventure.
Problem is my lighting. I have the regular fluorescent lighting that comes with the tank and from the research I have made it's not sufficient lighting for corals or reef tank. I've seen some really costly great looking LED
hoods and I definitely want to get LED
lighting so it cut down the cost on the electric bill. Anyway, my question is what is sufficient lighting for corals? My tank measurements are
Give or take. Im still trying to determine what type of coral I want. Aside from trying to determine the difference.
Anyway, I need help determining what I need to adequately maintain a saltwater tank. This is what I currently have available to my tank. Will I be able to incorporate this into my saltwater tank?
Cascade 1000 canister filter
Aqueon 75 HOB
Aqueon 950 water circulator
I found a protein skimmer for 100 gallon tank at pet-smart for 100 bucks is that something I should look into buying?
I've heard of sumps being used and it all sounds great however, i can't drill into my tank. :/
Sorry for the broad questions… I'm just confused to the lighting situation and what I can keep and what I can't. What I can get rid of and all that good stuff. I'm trying to get as well informed as I can before I jump into. I even bought a book called simple guide to Marine Aquariums. Anyway, I dont want to sound like a total dweeb but I don't want to end up spending more money then i have too.
Thanks guys for the information in advance. I really appreciate it. Maybe you can lighten the confusion that i'm going through. lol