I posted in the reef forum about a month or so ago asking questions when in actuality the FOWLR
route is what I will go to start with. Initially I was going to go with an all in one self contained biocube, but that deal fell through so now I a going to convert my 16 gallon bow front into a FOWLR
with the plan to add corals over time after I maintain the FOWLR
successfully for a while.
My question is 16 pounds of live rock and 16 pounds of live sand should be all I need to get going correct? I have an internal filter rated up to 30 gallons I plan to use to start out, but not sure if I should use the media that is intended for it or use a different type of media like purigen bags? Also, for a tank that size how many wave makers do I need. I assume I need one to move the water column and one to agitate the surface? I read that a protein skimmer is not necessary, but I also heard and read that without a protein skimmer it is hard to keep a saltwater tank clean. I plan to do a partial water change weekly at the same time that I do my weekly 50% pwc
on my 60 gallon freshwater tank. How much should I change weekly for a FOWLR
I plan to use just the regular light that came with the bow front kit. It is just a standard light not suitable for plants or coral, but I assume that will be ok to start with if I am just going with FOWLR
to begin with correct? Any and all information about starting a FOWLR
would be appreciated. Also, I asked this question before, but cannot find the responses, but what are my stocking options for a 16 gallon bow front? I would really like a pair of clowns, but if having a pair would be a potential issue in that size tank then please give alternative recommendations. I plan to get a clean up crew from one of the online stores that specialize in that, but any insight on that would be appreciated as well.