My wife and I were really into saltwater before our kids were born about 10 years ago, but with 2 babies and moving houses we got rid of all our tanks (except a 20). At one point we had a 58g reef, 200g fish only and a couple other small fish-only tanks.
I now have a 9 year old that has been into freshwater (the old 20g) for about 2 years and he wants to spend some of his savings and get into saltwater. I have had the itch for a while to get back into the hobby, so I'm probably going to bankroll most of the cost and do a fish/liverock tank. Thinking about 55-75g range.
I plan to stock the tank with a tang, a clown, and then maybe a couple other small fish, along with a bunch of critters (crabs, snails, maybe a shrimp).
I am also plannning to go with 48" bulbs (probably 3). It looks like there are some new lighting options out there, is this a good choice? I don't want high heat.
I've been reviewing the posts on this board and trying to decide the best route to go with filtration. I always had wet/dry in my larger tanks, but it seems there is more of a emphasis these days on live rock/live sand for bio filtration. I am looking for a used tank and wonder how critical a wet/dry would be. I plan to put at least 75 pounds of live rock in the tank. Also, how critical is a protein skimmer? I never used them on my fish-only tanks in the past.