So I recently gt a 36 gallon bowfront tank and want to change my plans again but I need to know a few key things before I jump in(again).
So my plans for the tank were to make a tank for a dwarf fuzzy lionfish. But since I don't have alot of money i only want to keep one tank. Wanting a reef means compromise. I do have a question regarding this, Can I make a reef tank(Anemones, softies, lps) and still have a lionfish? I know it limits what I can have and I might just end up ditching the idea altogether(the lionfish) even though it is my dream fish, but having one means no other interesting fish or creatures like shrimp.
So the equipment I have is the tank, a 20 gallon tank waiting to be a sump, instant ocean 100 protein skimmer, a couple of powerheads(will upgrade as the tank goes along), and I have some dry rock and chaeto algae. The items I also need(lights, overflow, and return) I see costing me anywhere between $100 - $200 depending on the cost of the return pump. The light system i was looking at was Odyssea T5 High Output Lighting
and the HOB overflow on the same website Filtration - Overflow
I can get my sump acrylic for cheap. Any comments or suggestions are welcome(keep in mind I have a small budget).
Also for those of you who don't know i also have a 55 gallon tank(not set up) but I like the bowfront more. Thanks for reading this and an even bigger thank you if you have any links to a well priced return pump or better priced item.
EDIT: Is this a good return? cheap and from the same website as the other stuff Odyssea Water Pump
Anyone with experience know if this is a good pump or if there is another cheap return pump I can get.