08-24-2007, 12:22 PM
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New Tank Help
I am looking to purchase a new tank for the purposes of doing a salt water aquarium. I want to start out with a few fish..maybe some anemones. I may later on add more stuff but that is basically what I want. My LFS suggested either a 20 or 30 gal tank. I am wondering if I should go with the Penguin 200 bio wheel or the 350 bio wheel for this. Also, do I need a protein skimmer and if so what is a fairly inexpensive one that will work for this application.
Another question is should I use live sand? and how much substrate do I need for this?
One last question is kind of a moral question. I can purchase most of this stuff from the LFS, but I have a fish catalog that I can get it a lot cheaper. Sometimes half the price on some of it and it is the same exact stuff. Would it be wrong to purchase it from the catalog when the LFS has been so helpful with information?