What to buy first: skimmer or refugium?
I think I need both since my 75 gallon is not drilled and I don't have room for a sump.
I think it will be a Reef Octopus BH1000 skimmer and maybe a CPR Aquafuge. The Aquafuge has a skimmer option but is it a good enough skimmer? The BH1000 and the fuge separate is about the same as the one with skimmer in it already. I don't want to spend a huge load of money but I know going the cheapest route is a BAD idea.
Get the Reef Octopus BH2000 first. Hold off on the Sump until you can afford one and have time to install it. You don't need to have one up front, its good in the long run. But...You don't want to skimp on the skimmer, its best up front to have one rated twice your water volume, this will keep your water in very good shape until you get the sump set up. I had a SW tank for a very long time, and just set up my first sump this year. You don't have to have one, it does help though, but its not a necessity.
I have a 70 gallon salt water tank with reef and fish but want a bigger tank but don't really don't know how I would or if I could transfer the stuff over. Has anyone ever done this? If so some ideas on how to start would be great. Thanks.
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