so i want a little input here but first let me explain what i have read versus what i want to do.. and no i am not looking for a flame festival just a good conversation about the ideas i am about to put forth...
1st lets talk experience versus plan .. i used tap water in my last tank .. never again lesson learned it need to be RO
now last time i tried adding elements and really did not get all prepared for this along with trying to keep the tank bigger better wow .. yeah did not work out to well ..
so this will be a much simpler tank and i have been pouring over information here and a number of other places .. calling reefers i know and checking out what has worked and not worked and so far i see a trend that i must have missed the last time... KISS
Keep It Simple Stupid
with this in mind i now have a much stronger (i think) plan of action it goes against a lot of common thoughts but some of the longest lived tanks i have seen seem to stay true to this course of action... so let me put this forth
Tank: 30 breeder
Heater: 100W set to 74F
Lights: 2x s bulb T5 (10k and true blue in each)
flow: power heads (unknown brand but combined will move around 300-400 GPH), and either a HOB filter (wait for explanation) or a Canister filter with modifications to the media (again wait for it)
filtration: 25 pounds dry rock (will become live) and 5-10 pounds Live rock, ~20 pounds live sand and WEEKLY water changes...
now for the canister or HOB part.. these would run filter floss to trap waist in and the floss would be changed weekly with the water. as i am able to make my own pads this is about $15 every 2-3 months.. if its a canister i will also run carbon in one chamber and leave one open or put LR in there to grow out over time and clean it when i do the WC...
as i intend to use Reef crystals (the orange bag) or salt i will not need to add anything to the system as all nutrients will be replaced with water changes and running with out a skimmer will eliminate the removal of some of the elements..
a very simple tank with a weekly 15 -20 minutes of work involved and not a million dollars in gear and additives..
this plan was developed after many hours of research and all the tanks i reviewed seemed to be along these lines of ultra simple.. and many many of the more complicated tanks were failures... not saying they wont work but often they keep getting more laborious and complex...