Originally Posted by hobojoe
I've had fresh water tanks for over 15 years and I'm considering the move to saltwater. I have a 72 gallon bow front and I'm looking to set it up as a FOWLR
tank. The tank currently has an emperor 400 and a power head that I would continue to use. I'm planning on adding a protein skimmer, a second heater, and of course live rock. Equipment wise is there anything that I should add to my list?
Can you give me ideas on types of fish that I can house together in this setup? I've found some info on an aggressive tank but limited info on a community tank.
For a tank that size, a sump system is highly recommended. Although I don't know how much you can get away with using a HOB
skimmer or that emperor 400. But I would imagine that if you go without the sump, it would be a high maintenance tank. In other words, more frequent cleaning would be required. But if you want my recommendation, here's what I suggest as a minimum:
20 Gallon tank long (at least 25% of the 72gal tank)(also set up with a refugium)
Overflow Box (if not already built in the tank)
In Sump Skimmer
Heater (for the sump)
necessary to connect between Sump and Display tank
at least 2 Powerheads for display tank
Lots of LS
I will assume you already have lights for main display tank
This is a general idea of what I would suggest. Now it's a matter of getting the correct equipment for the size of tank you have. And that info will vary greatly in what you are looking for in quality and price.