11-29-2009, 07:11 PM
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What is the filter exactly? Both pieces of equipment are probably going to be obsolete with marines.
- Aragonite sand (I would usually recommend at least 50% live, but as your tanks small just go 100% live).
- Live rock (over 1lb per gallon).
- Protein Skimmer rated for at least 30% larger than your tank (as a general rule manufacturers give mental ratings, assumably worked out with very light stocking)
- At least 15x the tanks volume circulated per hour for fish, beginners corals and other inverts (power heads/closed loop/other?). More is required for harder to keep corals.
- Good, marine lighting. A combination of 10k and actinic bulbs is usually good, at about 1 watt per litre. Metal halides are better than regular fluorescents, but are more costly in both the short term and long run.
- Tests for nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, high range pH minimum. Calcium and alkalinity recommended too.
- Thermometer (heaters can be off by several degrees, which makes a difference with marines).