Originally Posted by FeldmansFish
I am considering setting up a 30g long saltwater tank and want to know the basics/tips to saltwater aquariums aside from cycling, testing, ect. For the stock (when I stock) I'm thinking 2-3 Kaudern's Cardinals with maybe a urchin like a Red tuxedo urchin.
1) Since the tank is 30 gallons, will I need 30 lbs. of live rock?
2) Is there a recommended filter for FOWLR
3) What type of lighting is good for this type of tank?
4) What's the neccessary equipment for these types of tanks? UV
sterilizers? Sump? Reactor? RO
Thank you in advance!
Cardinals are great! Love them.
You can have as much or as little rock as you like the looks of.
The filter depends on what you have room for. On my 30g FOWLR
, I have and ac70 and also an ac30 (this is actually the QT filter, just keep it on there to keep it seeded). Or you can do a sump if you have room. Or you can do a canister if you clean it out every week. If you do a filter rather than a sump, make sure it's rated for at least double the size of the tank.
You can use any light you like on a FOWLR
. It can be a simple stock light or go for a nicer one if you want. The fish aren't gonna care.
water will be needed for SW
. If you have an LFS
that sells it, you can use that. Or buy a unit for home use.
Skimmers and IV sterilized are necessary, but can be helpful. You don't need them to start, though.
Good luck with the tank!