06-29-2009, 09:49 PM
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return the canister filter if possible. these do more harm then good as they build up debris and cause nutrient spikes unless cleaned every other day or used for carbon. your going to need 2 powerheads for each side of the tank, hydor ks seem to work well. two number 2s or 3s would be good flow. im not familiar with the skimmer but this is a very important part of having a tank. honestly a sump with an over rated skimmer would be great. the lights will prob. be just enough for some softies. do you know what fish you want? how much live rock? how much sand? do you have a test kit yet for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, alk, cal, mag, temp, and salinity? which i suggest a refractometer to test your salinity as they are much more accurate then a hydrometer and not much more money. ebay has them for a decent price. your also going to want the proper suppliments for alk, ca and mag.
how are you making saltwater? your going to want a RO/DI unit, extra powerhead, heater, and food safe bucket/bin to pre-mix saltwater atleast 24 hours in advance.
its also a good idea to look in your area for a local reefing club. these are great to meet people, learn things and find equipment for cheap.
welcome to the forum.