I think these are commonly called Nano pods. The model that I just put on layaway has the built in filtration, powerhead, and four different lights ( I can't remember the wattage). I intend to add a heater, an internal uv sterilizer and one Hydor Koralia 1 powerhead. After a ton of research I think I'm on the right track with 40 pounds of live sand and 35 pounds of live rock. I want to cure both in the tank... allowing the sand and rock cycle the tank. I figure this should take 2 -4 weeks.
At that point, I want to add a False Clownfish, one firefish goby and one neon blue goby. In addition to a clean up crew .... thinking a couple of dwarf blue leg hermies and yellow tip hermies. Shrimp? Still undecided.
I've read a ton about the downside of these nano thing... but adding another large tank right now... I just don't have the room. Having kept FW Community tanks and African Cichlid tanks ( I had these two for over five years).. I know the importance of testing, water params, etc. I tend to micro manage my tanks... lol.
So.. this being my first excursion into the salt water world, I'd love to hear your comments on my plan for this first tank.
Not sure if I'll need a protein skimmer.. any idea's?