Hey 55Gallon, welcome to AA
1. Sounds good to me. If you know you want to make the tank into a reef later down the road you will want to pick up the skimmer in my opinion. That ph sounds good, but those Tunze pumps are expensive. You can get away with some strong Aquaclear, Seio, or Maxijet powerheads as well.
2. The 50/50 sounds good to me. What wattage is it, if you know? That will make the difference in what kind of corals you can keep. Algae doens't really care about the light, in a sense. Having 50/50 lights will not feed algae. MH
lights are stronger and may help fuel algae a little bit more.
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