I have just set up my first SW
tank...well actually barely set up. I have read and researched as much as I can but can't get a straight answer on how little rock I can get away with initially. Right now I have over 2K invested in the hardware (tank, lights, filters, skimmer, heaters, live sand, salt, etc.) and my wallet is a little light for the rocks.
From what I understand, I need approx. 336 lbs of LR
or a combination of LR
and BR totaling 336 (1.5 x gal
). What is a good ratio of BR and LR
? and most importantly, how little rock can I get away with 1/2 or 3/4? Locally rock will cost me approx. $10 lb for LR
and $5 for BR...pretty pricey.
What I will be running is:
2-Fluval 404 canister filters (I actually have 3, but am only running 2)
2-250 watt heaters
1-seaclone Protein Skimmer
2-36" Double Bulb florescent Strip lights (is this OK for lighting)
140 lbs of LS
80 lbs of sand
Don't I need a UV
sterilizer and what size? Do I need anything else? The LPS
said I have plenty already but I want to make sure.
While the sand is cycling, I wanted to clear up the rock issues as I plan on ordering some next week so it can begin cycling.
While I would eventually like to have a true reef system, I am not prepared for that right now and would prefer to "grow" my tank as my experience grows. But I also don't want to waste money by not setting up the tank correctly now. Right now I feel comfortable with a FOWLR
Well I appreciate all of your help and insight. I have visited many sites and this one seems very knowledgeable and helpful.
Aqua (and yes that is my real name