Thanks for all the input!
Baldyguy...we are in the US - located in East Texas.
As far as our setup goes, we have a 46g bowfront tank with the following:
-Marineland Multi-State Canister Filter
-We have a sandbed and live rock. (I'll try to remember my camera tomorrow so I can take a picture for you to see it)
-We have a normal light since we don't plan on adding any coral.
-We have a whisper water pump by Tetra.
-Don't have a skimmer yet. Looking at a few but not sure which one is right (Reef Octopus BH 1000, AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer
with Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump, or Tunze Nano DOC
9002) Any suggestions?
I finally got me test kit in to check my water.
Free Ammonia 0
Total Ammonia 0
Nitrate 50 ( I know that's bad)
So what do I need to lower the nitrate level? Everything else look good?