Thanks for the link, roka64--I spent today researching there. What do you guys think about a Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini, grows to 5", and *SQUEE* puffer!) and a Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus, can get to be 5", but most of them apparently don't get that big)? The LiveAquaria chart said that blennies and puffers are compatible, and that makes sense to me, since they eat different things and tend to occupy different areas of the tank. Still, I'd like to hear your thoughts--good? Bad? Really, really ugly? Doomed to be a repeat of the Angel that Ate Manhattan (or at least my fancy pleco)?
Also, I'd like some advice on two other subjects--lighting and filtration. Lights, first off--I've found a lot of information on the subject for full-blown reef aquaria, but hardly anything for the FOWLR
tank. Right now, I've got the 'standard' freshwater setup--a hood that holds two fluorescent tubes. I don't know what wattage the current tubes are, but they are due to be replaced. What are your recommendations, for type and for wattage? Are 'lunar lights' necessary for the FOWLR
tank, a nice thing to have, or a complete waste of money?
The other thing is filtration. Right now, I have an Emperor 400, and I hate it--it's prone to disruption, and it's impossible to restart after that or a water change, requiring 30+ minutes of priming to get it going again. Overall, I have NOT been pleased, so it's going, probably getting cleaned and resold. I have two Hagen AquaClear 20's, one on a 10 and one on a 2.5, and those I love, so if I need another filter of that type, that's what I'll get. The question is, do I need another filter of that type? I know the live rock is supposed to take care of the biological filtration, which leaves us with chemical and mechanical. Are those processes also taken care of by other means in the marine aquarium?
I've heard many strong opinions on the subject of protein skimmers, and I think I've finally decided that I am going to have one. The Reef Octopus
has been recommended to me; does anyone have any experience with that brand? Also, what are the benefits of RO
) water in the FOWLR
system, and is it really worth it to pay the extra money for water from the LFS
or a system that does it for you?
I think that's all of my questions--for now. I'm sure I'll come up with more later. But hey. Better to sound like a
now, than to have dead fish later, yes?