Alright everyone, I am new to the forum and new to saltwater. I have a 29 gallon FW cichlid tank that has been operating great for well over 6 months. I am looking to get another 29 gallon but go SW with this one. I have the FW on one side of my tv and want to put the other one on the other side (its my man cave lol).
I have been reading on here for weeks and there is a ton of information going around with little or no specific recomendations. I know a lot goes to preference but I am the type that needs someone to say go buy THIS.
I would like to match in style my current FW tank if I can. It is a marineland 29 gallon with LED lighting. First is this type lighting ok for FOWLR tank. The day and night LEDS are great and the power consumption is very low with no heat transfer. The link to the type tank is here: Aquarium Kits: Marineland BIO-Wheel LED Aquarium Kit
If the lights are not acceptable then please recommend a different set up. I am just trying to keep some sort of uniformity in style (so the wife won't hate it).
My next issue is that I have limited wall space for asthetic purposes and would like to have the tank as close to the wall as possible. The kicker is that I don't want to do a sump because I don't want to drill glass.
Next question will be in regards to skimmers. While trying to keep the tank as close to possible to the wall what would you all recommend. I see that are slide in skimmers and HOB's. Not opposed to an HOB as long as its not like a foot away from the wall.
I want to do this right and want to be set up for success. When the decision is made on the tank I will post additional questions. My overall goal is to ideentify everything I need in order to place one big order. I would like to have this stuff identified by the end of the week so I can place an order. I plan on going on vacation in June so my intent is to set up the tank and start the cycle process so I have a good tank after returning.
My budget will be about 600.00 and I don't do DIY.
This seems to be a great forum with a lot of people willing to help. Thanks for the recommendations.