Hey, welcome to AA!
You sound like you are on the right track so far. If you are gong to do a DSB
it will cost you a fortune unless you can find some aragonite play sand. You are partially right on the expensive lighting for live rock. Live rock really doesnt need any light to "live", but the coralline aglae does. However if all you are looking to keep is live rock with coralline algae, you could probably only end up spending around around 80 dollars on NO
lighting. If i had it to do over again i would have spent more money to get some PCs, because it was only about a week after i started my FOWLR
tank before i wanted some soft corals. So if you have any intention on getting corals go with some good lighting (PC
). On LR
you should try to aim for 1.5_2 lbs per gallon for filtration. HTH
I am you will get more help from the pros!!