11-14-2009, 08:16 AM
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I have the following equipment so far:
46 gallon bow, stand, lid
Coralife Aqualight High Output 36 inch T5 Fixture - 39 watt 10k, 39 watt actinic
3 Koralia 2 power heads
1 250w Stealth heater
1 API Master Salt Water test kit
1 API Master Reef Test Kit
1 RHS-10ATC Portable Salinity Refractometer
1 Deep Six salinity meter
1 Super Skimmer 65 needle wheel
I will be purchasing a whisper or aquaclear hang on filter for just activated carbon filtering.
What do I still need (other than sand, live rock, salt mix and patience) to make this work?
The goal is soft corals with a small number of "community fish" centered around a pair of false percs, a diamond or watchman goby (or both if possible) and one undetermined center piece fish that can live comfortably in a 46 gallon. Eventually after the tank is well established (upwards of 6 months problem free) I would like to add a rose anemone for the clowns if possible (and if I can do it with minimal risk to the soft corals I am looking at buying).
How much live sand do I need for a 4" bed in a 46 bow? Is keeping the sand bed less than 1" an option. I am leaning towards listening to Pasfur and going with the 4" bed.
If I bought 40 pounds of base rock from Marco rocks should I get one of his package deals that include 40 pounds Bahamas aragonite sand? (I am shooting for 75 pounds of rock and certainly more than 40 pounds of sand unless I stay at a 1" bed - just trying to save money). If anybody is motivated enough to tell me exactly what to order from Marco rocks (combo of sand, base and live rock) I would be willing to defer to their experience. Is the same from Marco "live" sand or will I have to seed it somehow?