I'm a long time FW
owner that is thinking of making a jump into the SW
world. I have a 25 gallon tank that I am thinking of making the jump with but am still a bit confused.
A little history on the tank it was originally a pretty heavily planted community tank and the current hood houses a 55w CF
unit putting it at abou 2.2 WPG
. I could actually add another 55w CF
to it but would prefer not to(would require another hood). I am hoping this is enough for a few fish some inverts and coral(nothing crazy). My goal is to make a relatively simple and low maintenance reef tank. Now I know the smaller the tank the more fickle they can be and I do have a 75 gallon drilled tank that is empty but not sure I want to make the financial commitment to a project that large.
As for the questions:
Is the 25 gallon large enough to make a stable environment(I don't want to agonize over it daily after it's established, weekends were made for hobbys!)
Is the single 55w cf
enough lighting for some beginner coral and what type of bulb should I use?
Do i need a protein skimmer?
I should be able to use my aquaclear 50 for a mechanical filter correct? Would prefer not using a sump/refuge if possible.
What else do I need? Powerhead hydrometer... ect
And finally stocking my 3 year old desperately wants to see nemo so I would like a pair of clown fish what else would make a good tank mate and what should I use for a clean up crew?
Sorry for all the questions but this wont be happening this week just trying to gather some information!