I'm a current freshwater owner and I'm wanting to add a small salt tank to my collection. I'm torn at what setup to get. I'm looking at the BioCube 29 & Marineland Eclipse 37 Tanks, and I was needing some opinions from people who have used or know of these tanks.
Here's what i want to do. I want a natural looking reef setup with lots of live rock and coral that I can grow in the system without having to do alot of work on the lighting (such as switching it out). I plan on creating my live rock and corals first (as I want that to be the focus point) before adding the fish. The fish I'd like to add are your basic clown's, gobies, and jawfishes. I hope this can be done with either of these systems.
They both have pro's and con's to me.
The BioCube 29:
Pro's: It has compact florescent lighting and a "sump" type filter that I'd add live rock to instead of bio balls. 316gph built in lunar lights
Con's: A little more pricey. Its smaller. And it appears it would be hard to add stuff to; ie: protein skimmer and additional powerhead.
Pro's: Cheaper. More water capacity. It has a Bio Wheel (I like these for freshwater, don't know how good they are for salt though). Easy to place additional equipment in.
Con's: Regular fluorescent light, no "sump" for live rock (that I know of). 250gph. No lunar lights.
Or would I be better off buying a 30 gal tank and building it all piece by piece? If so, what type of filter and lighting (except for HQI) should I look at. I'm needing to keep this reasonably cheap because the fiance is already not happy about me adding another fish tank....
I do have one more request. Does anyone know if either of the systems make much noise? As I will be placeing this tank right next to the couch (I'm already hard of hearing so I dont need to crank up the tv anymore to hear over the tank)
Thanks Guys, this would be a tremendous help to me.