I'm currently running a 55 reef (learning tank) and I'm saving for a 220gal. to make a reef also. The trade-off is my wife wants a nano for the bedroom before I can get my big display. I don't know anything about nanos so here's my question(s):
1. Which is more recommended?
a. JBJ Nano Cube
b. Eclipse 12
c. Make my own setup
2. What mods will I have to do with each to house some softies (shrooms
, zoos, rics etc.) as far as lighting goes?
3. Are the mech. filtration systems built into these systems worth keeping or should I just toss the media on start-up? I plan on running a shallow sand bed and stuff it with LR
anyways. Can/should I run a skimmer on such a small unit? What about a heater(s)? Is there room in the back for it/them?
Here's her stocking list:
2 Clowns of undertermined species (she's indecisive)
1 Clown Goby also undetermined. We have a green clown goby in the main but she really loves it and my want another.
Cleanup crew combination of astrea, nassarius, cerith, brittle stars and maybe some dwarf hermits.
1 Shrimp either a pep, skunk or blood. This is still optional - she can take em or leave em.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.