I"m getting a saltwater set-up ready. Just got a 55gal tank with topfin 60 filter, powerhead, and some other useful stuff. The only thing I don't have are HO lights and a protein skimmer.
I've done some research and I know that live rock does 80% or more of the filtration. The other 20 I'm assuming is taken care of with a protein skimmer, a "clean up crew", and water changes.(please correct me if i'm wrong.)
I was wondering if I could could convert the topfin fiilter into a a Skimmer with some creativity and some PVC pipe or something similar. I was curious if they simply skimmed the top of the water getting the layer of protein off or if I'm missing some thing. I've tried to see how the work with pictures on Google but nothing was really useful with out some explanation.
As for the lighting it came with 2 stock florescent hoods(will be changed out) will that be ok for a FOWLR tank? I want to keep clowns and other similar small fish and inverts?
hardness-very soft (well water through a softener)
getting it ready to start cycling so chem levels are irrelevant atm