This is my first post so I want to start off by saying Hi to everyone. Finally going to make the switch to saltwater and I just have a few questions.
For starters, I've been keeping all types of african cichlids for the last 15 years so I'm definitely not new to aquariums. I also know quite a bit about saltwater setups but I just never got around to spending the extra money on things you would need for saltwater.
The tank I'm thinking of switching is my 75 gallon. Would like to make it into a fowlr
tank. The tank has a 600gph overflow with a 35 gallon wet/dry filter. I also have tons of lace rock which I use in my cichlid tanks.
My questions are as follows
1. I know many people say not to use a wet/dry filters because they say its a nitrate factory but I will be way understocked and I'm used to doing weekly water changes as it is with my messy africans. Its also a perfect option right now as I have plenty or room in the sump area for a skimmer. Will this filter be sufficient? I will also add powerheads as well.
2. My main concern is the water source. I currently have well water which is perfect for my africans since it settles around 8.0ph. I know this is probably not a good idea to use this and should probably setup an RO
unit. Will RO
water be fine for a fowlr
or do I need an RO
3. Lastly, I was thinking of using 1/2 lace rock for base rock and 1/2 live rock. Since I have tons of lace rock it will save me quite a bit of money. Will this be a bad idea?
Other than that I pretty much have it covered. Thanks in advance for any comments.