Like the thread title says, I've got a 125 gallon African cichlid tank I'm considering converting to a salt water 'fish only'. I've got a 6 month old 29 gallon reef, with a 15 gallon sump/fuge, Coralife SuperSkimmer 65, couple of powerheads for additional flow, the standard reef setup. I was considering the same type of setup for the 125, but in reading a lot, I see a lot of people do it differently, more closely to a fresh water. My 125 cichlid tank is a reef-ready tank, so I'm running a 30 gallon sump on it, with bio balls. I've also got an XP3 and an XP2 on it. From what I've read, I know I could just use that for filtering a FO
saltwater tank, but I want to know what's the 'best' filtration for a FO
saltwater tank. I know, I know, there probably is no 'best' way, just peoples 'favorite' way, but I'm just trying to do as much research as I can before I start. I'm now considering just using my current filtration on the tank, but losing the bio-balls, putting a skimmer in the sump, and using live rock in the main tank. A 'fish-list' I'm considering:
BlueGreen Reef Chromis (4)
Powder Blue Tang
Triggerfish (Huma Picasso or Blue Throat)
I would like a shallow sand bed for looks, maybe 1 to 2 inches. So, some questions.
In 'reefing' bio-balls are looked down upon as a nitrate factory, is that the current philosophy with FO
tanks? Or do lots (or most) people use bio-balls?
I've also read that a lot of people don't use live rock in a FO
tank. Why not? Should I go with maybe 100 pounds live rock? 50 pounds? 25? None?
I've read that a skimmer isn't really necessary, but is it beneficial at all in a FO
tank? Somewhat beneficial? Greatly beneficial? Not beneficial at all?
sterilizer in a FO
, somewhat beneficial? Greatly beneficial? Not beneficial at all?
Fuges? It would be easy for me to T off the sump return, and direct some of the water to a 10-15 gallon-ish tupperware type fuge, with a bulkhead cut into it for returning water to the sump. I've read differing opinions on the effectiveness of a fuge for a FO
or a FOWLR
, and will probably get more conflicting opinions here, but I'll ask anyway.
I'm not against spending some money to 'do it right', but I don't want to spend money I don't have to. If the items in question above don't add much to the filtration, I wouldn't get them, but if they would help a decent amount, that's what I'd do. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.