Filters, Pumps, and Sumps?! Oh My!!
As I have been researching the most practical filtration system for my tank I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed, and was hoping maybe some of you all on here could provide me with some advice.
We have a 60 gallon tank that we want to be a reef and fish tank. Not just a fish only tank. I want what's best for the aquarium, the fish, and the reef. However, I also want what is best for my bank account. With that being said, I'm becoming overwhelmed with all the options.
I know most will say "sump or nothing" but if we do go with a sump we are going to have to get an all new stand, as well as all of the items needed to run a successful sump which is going to get really expensive, really fast.
I have looked at canister filters, and I know they require a little more weekly maintenance, but they are much more practically priced for us right now. What kind of extra weekly maintenance is required for a canister filter?? If we do go with a canister filter, aside from the canister filter, the protein skimmer, lights, and the circulation pumps what else would be needed to successfully run the reef tank?
? I have heard many people mention using HOB
(Hangs on back) of the tank filters on their reef tanks but so me that just doesn't seem like enough for a reef tank. However, I could be wrong. If people are successfully using them then what are the downfalls to using HOB
I know this is a lot of questions, but I don't know what the "right" next step for us is when approaching the filtration system for our tank. If at all possible I'd really rather avoid the sump system for now. It is something that we are willing to look at down the road, but it is a huge extra expense so I want to make sure it is 100% worth it before committing to the sump system. Ideally we would like to use a canister filter, protein skimmer, lights, and circulation pumps... But is that enough?? What else would we need??
Any advice you all could provide is greatly appreciated. Like I said, I'm really new to this, and not sure what the right next step is for the filtration system!