Originally Posted by Guber
Were looking at getting a 30-40 gallon tank. For this I have a 200 watt stealth pro heater. Aside from that I've looked at few skimmers and web fewer filters being that I've read they're not required? I was thinking of running a filter anyway with live rock rubble instead of any media. Does anyone have any experience with prism hob skimmers? I was just reccomended this today in a fish store a town over from me. Also just curious about the amount of live or dry rock and sand to put in as well as any advice on cycling would be appreciated.
I'm not sure what that sentence in red means. I think you had a typo. "Web fewer filters"???
It sounds like you have the basic idea down correctly. You want a protein skimmer, live/dry rock, and aragonite sand. You do not want to use any other type of filtration system on the tank. Hang on mechanical and biological filtration will only contribute to nitrate and phosphate buildup.
I have used the Prism personally. It is junk, to put it in simple terms. If it is available for FREE, you still do not want it. The same can be said for the Skilter, which is commonly offered at the LFS for small tanks.
In your situation, you want to buy the best quality skimmer that you can afford. The success of your system is tied directly to the quality of the skimmer, so do not skimp in this area. Lets assume you are going with a 38 gallon tank. Here are some skimmer suggestions of appropriate size:
My first choice for you would be the AquaC Remora. AquaC Remora Hang-On Protein Skimmer
If the cost exceeds your budget, then the Coralife SuperSkimmer will get the job done if necessary.
Coralife 65 Skimmer Coralife Super Skimmer 65
Realize, buying the more efficient skimmer will cost you more up front, but will save you money over the long run. The more efficient skimmer will reduce the money you spend on buffers and additives, reduce the amount of water changes, and contribute to an overall more stable environment.
For rock and sand I would suggest you order from 40 Pound box Key Largo Rock, <br>40 Pounds Bahamas Aragonite Sand<BR>pay shipping on rock only - KL40-40
. You can get a 40 pound dry rock & 40 pound sand order for $109. Throw in about 10 pounds of live rock from the LFS and you are set.