Hi everyone. ive been gone for a while and boy did i miss you guys. my freshwater tank is doing great thanks to the help from everyone here. now i think its time for something a little different. and i think saltwater is my answer. i dont have money or space large enough to dive in with a 30gal or something so im thinking of keeping it small. around 12 gal or so. been scoping out the forums here and others to see what people are using and what additions they have had to make. i want to tell you what im thinking and trying to plan ahead and also any of your experience is more than welcome.
i am aware that going smaller means any mistakes made could go drastically wrong. i feel with proper planning i can keep something this small. im thinking of using either an eclipse system or a biocube. i like the shape of the biocube more and it will probably be my choice unless i get a better suggestion. also i am unsure wether or not i want to go reef or not and would like to keep my options open. ive seen places like nanotuners that do light upgrades for nanocubes and would make things possibly simpler in the long run for a lighting upgrade. ive read the biocubes stock light is sufficient for a fowlr set up. is this true?
if i did get into keeping corals i would most likely upgrade to the best lights i could so i could keep any and all corals happy healthy and to their full potential.
stocking of the tank would of course be slowly after the cycle is complete. starting with small peices of a cleanup crew. snails and crab mix. as for fish i am thinking of the smaller clown fish. or maybe a goby. i dont plan on really stocking this tank with fish only 1 or 2. down the road even farther after the tank matures maybe a sand sifting star.
ok now on to some questions i have for you.
1. i know the biocubes come with filtration that i wont need. what do i do with it. as lr will be my main filtration?
2. biocubes also sell a skimmer that goes with the tank im looking at. anyone with experience with it? most small tank setups ive seen dont have skimmers. would i really need it?
3. in a system like this what is typical for powerheads?
4. what are your opinions on starting out fowlr and converting to reef. can it be done if planned properly meaning choosing the right tank. and of course stocking it with reef safe fish/cuc?
to conclude. the reasons im thinking of going fowlr first is to get a feel for saltwater and because from what ive read you do tend to start at the same point. cycling with live sand and live rock. and i guess i can see if its planned right being able to progress through the cycle and adding improvements later like better lighting and then starting down the corals path.
sorry for being so long winded but ive aching to write this for sometime :).