ok, I'm sure this may be a little redundant of a question to ask on here since I'm sure it gets asked 10 times a day.. but I don't really have the resources to look at it, since I'm on my blackberry right now. however, I'm going from fresh to salt.
I currently have a 55gallon with a wet/dry system with bio balls. The return pump does about 1100gph at the head, so I assume it's roughly 700 when it reaches the tank. This tank was used for cichlids and has been up and running for roughly 9 months. I'm bored with it, all my cichlids are full grown now and they're having babies like crazy.
I have roughly 80-100 lbs of lace rock. Can I use this rock for corals?
What kind of light would I need to grow soft corals? (links would be especially nice here)
what fish do I stay away from if I go with corals?
can I use the existing sand in the tank to continue with salt?
How do I go about cleaning the tank and all the rockwork for the saltwater fish?
what is the normal routine for maintenance? is it true if I have clean up crabs and such.. I don't have to clean the bottom?
will a 20 gallon long work for a sump? or will I need more?
I also have an auto top off system for evaporation. Right now it's a 5 gallon bucket, I expect to expand that to about 15 gallons of RO
water when its time for the switch over.
oh, and recomendations on a protein skimmer? (do I need one, if so.. links?)
.. I think that's the end of my questions