How is everyone doing today? This is my first post and I hope I do not break any rules.
First thing first, I am a beginner to marine aquariums, I don't even have one yet. However, I am a freshwater hobbiest. I know they are totally different but I wanted to let everyone know I am avid about maintaining a well rounded aquarium.
Second, I know there are many types of set-ups regarding a marine aquarium. The one I want to do is just a simple live rock/ live sand/ fish set up, consisting of easy to take care of hardy fish.
I have a 30-35g tall bowfront aquarium. I know I will have to get fish that are capable for my smaller tank size (which is fine). So invertebrates, shrimp, clowns, firefish, etc are fine for the size. What my goal is to just have 3-5 fish, 2 shrimp/crab, and some type of smaller soft coral (for look purposes).
For now, I just want to post the equipment I tend to use and question about the equipment. For more in detail things as adding saltwater, ammonia/nitrates, bacteria, I can look up on this forum or other type of search.
Okay, equipment wise, I was looking into...
Fluval E Electronic Heater (200w)
AquaClear 70 Power Filter Hydor Koralia Evolution 750 Aquarium Circulation Pump, 750 gph
Coralife Super Skimmer 65
Okay, questions for the equipment...
1) For the aquaclear 70, there are multiple types of media you can put in there for saltwater set ups, what is the best set up to have in? I read having just carbon pad is the best just for clear water/ killing bacteria.
2) I heard for my tank size that a protein skimmer is optional, would it be safe just to get one anyway so it can limit the algae/ammonia outbreaks?
3) Is a water rotation pump necessary with a protein skimmer? Would the protein skimmer have a hard time picking up things if the water is constantly flowing?
Okay for the marine community, what fish are beautiful specimens and are hardy fish besides clown fish and firefish that I can have in my 30-35g tank? Thank you for the views and the future reponses!