Hi guys I am planning on starting a Reef Tank but I am probably a year away from actually starting it up. I am in the read everything I can find online phase and I've got tons of questions.
Here is an outline of the tank I want
~75 Gallon with a deep sand bed, live rock and soft corals
livestock to be along the lines of: a Clownfish, a watchmen goby, a sailfin blenny, and a Tang
tons of inverts of various kinds tbd
- I was a marine bio major for the first part of undergrad and I love marine inverts.
The plan will be to start with a bunch of base rock and dry aragonite sand and seed it with some live rock and hopefully a cup of sand from a healthy established tank. Taking it nice and slow before I even consider adding fish.
In my freshwater experience I has always found that the simplest setup is the easiest to maintain and often the most effective. I would like to use minimal equipment - basically just what I really need.
What should be equipment list be?
Things I know that I need:
aquarium - 75ish gallons
sump - whats a good size for my tank? I will probably make my own to save some money
lighting - LEDs would be so cool but after a lot of reading it seems like Compact Fluorescents might be good enough what do you guys think? I know Metal Halides are the 'best light' but the heat and bulb replacement don't appeal to me.
a couple power heads
RO/DI filter for making safe water
timers for lighting
what else do I need apart from the obvious things like salt mix, test kits etc. ? I am thinking about hardware at the moment.
Once everything is up and running what is the basic maintenance schedule for a tank of this size? I have read lots of talk about water changes but have also seen people say that large changes are unnecessary.
I am often away from home on the weekends during the summer. Will the livestock be okay without being fed for 2 days? For longer trips away I would obviously get someone to watch my fish but for weekends would that be needed?
Thanks for reading the long post!
Last question if you could recommend one book I buy myself for xmas to self educate about keeping reef systems what would it be?