First, thanks to everyone for participating in this forum. This site along with the books (Fenner, Kurtz and Goldstein) have been awesome, and have been incredibly informative.
So I'm finally ready to take the plunge and begin to get a tank going... a 100 - 125g reef tank (with fish). I was thinking of doing a set up, exactly like the one that Lando and Shemp22 discussed earlier. Went to the local LFS
to see what I might pay for it.
This shop seems very reputable.
The owner suggested that if I'm looking to do a reef tank, that I ought to maybe go smaller (and cheaper???). He said that it is easier to control the parameters and that it is much less work with the water changes and cleaning. Suggested a 75g or 90g tank. He said that if I was definitely doing fish only, that bigger is better. I was under the impression that bigger was always better, because larger was inherently more stable. Now I'm confused.
He also stated that using tap water would cause excessive algae, and that I should buy water or get a R/O or deionizer. Maybe it's something with the suburban DC
Do you have any thoughts?
I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Thanks in advance
And all of my "cycling,""set up" and "stocking" questions will hopefully soon follow...