What up everyone,
ok as the title says, Been thinking about doing a saltwater tank. I have never done a saltwater tank before. But my friends have Reef tanks. I have 3 tanks I have 55g, a 40g breeder, and a 10g Hospital tank. My 40 is not in use and I am thinking of making it a saltwater Fowlr tank. But I kind of want to make it a reef tank eventually. I have been doing a lot of research on Saltwater tanks. I have a canister filter from when the tank was a planted tank. Can i use that filter for Saltwater? i understand that the Live rock will be my bio media, from what i am reading. I don't want to do a sump at moment, as its just much over my head to get into. And I like to use what i already have if i can.
At the moment I can't afford Lighting for the tank. about all i can afford is t8 shop lights. I understand that they aren't worth a nickel for reef tanks. but I have read on a few sites that Certian soft corals do grow fine under the T8 lighting. But it is a limited number of soft corals. So i was thinking of Having just a few low light soft corals in the tank, until i can upgrade the lighting. But i can also get 48" T8 Bulbs ranging from 10000k-20000k range. If i swapped out my 55g and converted it to saltwater would those bulbs be good for A medium to high light reef tank?
I guess what i am trying to say and Rant a little. What did everyone use before T5HO and Led lights came out. I mean everybody is always pushing for the Newest product and the fade of the day. and granite I understand that they work great and are the best. But i can't afford $200 fixtures at the moment. Thats why i want to work slow on this tank. The Lights and corals will be the last thing i do. But I would like to have a few soft corals and just want to know your opinions.
So just to refresh the questions.
1. Can i use my canister filter for Saltwater use.
2. Will 48" T8 bulbs with 10,000 - 20,000 kelvin work for a 55g reef or 40g breeder reef? and if so How many do you recommend?
3. My Rant question. What did People Use before T5HO bulbs and LED's for Reef tanks? It seem like it was the dark ages Before they came out.
4.And can i grow a few soft corals Under 4 T8 bulbs until I can upgrade. and if so should i use my 55g tank or my 40 gallon breeder? I have no problem swapping the residents out of my 55g. (tho they might have a problem with it.