Currently in the planning phases of my first ever aquarium, a FOWLR
saltwater tank which I hope to eventually have a reef in. I've done quite a bit of reading but I do have a few questions.
My plans are to use an old 20 gallon tank my dad had, and for filtration I've heard about people converting filters like the AquaClear model for 70 or 120 gallon tanks to refugiums. I'm hoping the extra filtration will create a sufficient current such that I won't need a power head. Is that possible?
I'm also looking for an economical way to give my tank reef-ready lighting since I definitely eventually want to have some corals, even though it'll be FOWLR
to start off with. The lights I looked at at the LFS
were all $180-$200. Is there any way to do this more economically?
I know artificial cycling products can be a good tool to get a tank's nitrate cycle started but I've also heard that they can be pretty controversial as they may use sub-par bacteria, etc. What are your guys' opinion on cycle?
Anyways, I look forward to reading and eventually giving advice on this forum.