Originally Posted by jackwagon
As far as corals go I really need some good ideas that will work. I am a beginner, so ones that allow some room for error are nice.
. I would like to try to buy a good lighting fixture but I would like to keep it 70> if at all possible. Also I'm seeing that an upgrade from a 24" fixture to a 30" fixture is nearly $20! So maybe a standard 20 gallon would be the easiest. Also I have been looking at test kits and the API one looks good but everyone else doesn't seem to like it. So my question is could I get both the marine and reef test kit and be ok in the long run even with some corals? What would I need to dose for beginner corals?
Yeah standard sizes are going to be less money than others. I would know from having a 70 gallon 5 foot tank and having to buy a 60" light instead of a 48"
. I think you'd be okay in the long run. If you keep corals that are easy and allow some room for error which would be soft corals/polyps, etc. I think a semi-accurate test would be okay. Hard corals are a different story, plus they need more lighting and consistent/ideal parameters most of the time creating more light/work than I think you want to commit to right now. If you have a good salt, say Red Sea Coral Pro Salt (I use this, it's awesome
) or reef crystals, I don't think you'd need to dose much. Maybe you can get some B-ionic 2 part system bottles to dose on occasion if your levels get too low, but since you have a small tank, and prob. not a lot of corals that require high calcium, you should be fine w/ just the salt.