Ok, based on the responses to this topic I have decided that a reef tank is not in my near future. Just buying the 180-240lbs of live rock would cost over $900 at my LFS
I did buy the ASM G3 Protein Skimmer today, so that should be in the mail in 4-7 days. Do I need a sump for the protein skimmer or could I use a small tank for that? What is a good economical way to go?
Questions about the sump setup. I would like to do the sump setup that is in the DIY
section. I am very handy and I could make one with no problem. Questions though:
1) I cannot drill my tank as it is made of tempered glass, so the overflow tank would have to be external. What is a good brand, size, ect for my 120gal tank.
2) Would a 29gal sump be large enough for my tank?
3) What return pump should I use?
4) Will my canister filters then be worthless, or should I still use them for water flow.
I'm not going to go for a reef setup for a while, and currently all of my rock is 'dead' rock. I would like to have inverts though (shimp, crabs, lobsters, etc). Do inverts NEED a reef tank or do they need LR
? If they need a reef setup, then forget it. If they would need LR
, is it possible to make my own LR
out of my current dead rock?
I appriciate everyone's help. Thanks.