Originally Posted by Scott F
I've got a 37 gal
tank sitting in my garage and have decided to try a FOWLR
tank. I'm wondering what it is that I'll need to get this up and running so I can budget appropriately.
I've "heard" that you could operate this with a HOB
and doing partial changes would be a basic set up but am wondering your thoughts on what the basic requirements would be to get this project started?
In the end it might get built up into a reef but I thought I'd start simple and go from there.
Any advice/recommendations is greatly appreciated!
You'll need salt and RODI
or distilled water.
Hydrometer is ok to start with- $10-15
Master test kit for SW
Some base rock, maybe couple pieces of LR
to seed it
Basic light is fine for FOWLR
Canister or hob
filter rated for at least twice the size of the tank- more would be better still.
2 or 3 power heads -$30 each
40-50# of sand
Can of spray paint to paint the back to hide wires/cords-$5
If you're good about doing weekly 10-20% PWCs, then a skimmer isn't really needed.
I have a FOWLR
and a reef tank, the FOWLR
is a little easier, but not by much, but it's definitely cheaper than the reef.
Let us know if any more questions and keep us updated on your progress!!