mithun wrote:wait a minute guys.. hold your horses... What do you mean by 26 gallon nano reef?
i havent seen anybody in kolkata or otherwise in India to maintain a "reef" in less than 50 gallon.. forget beginners.. Reef means assortment of hard and soft corals.. you cant really maintain that in 26 gallon.. def not for beginners..
And if you want to start a less than 50 gallon marine tank, only way to go for beginners is skipping corals altogether.. go for FOWLR or FOWDR with a few button polyps and mushrooms and anemone.
in FOWLR and FOWDR you can really skip all those DSB, ATS etc hitech stuffs... Just got for a well designed sump with a good skimmer, monthly 30% WC and you are sorted.. keep a fine sandbed on 2-3" in the tank and go for either 70Watt 10000K MH or a few t5HO with actinic suppliment for better coraline growth.
Having said that, you cant really feel the charm of Marine in FOWLR .. if you plan bigger I would be glad to help
Now you are throwing open challenge to me. It's making things more interesting.
Coming to that 26G part. You missed my 20g sump which makes thing almost 50G. And yesterday I changed the plan and thought to go for a 30G along with almost same size sump.
Being a beginner, i am really not sure about the actual defination of the reef. Being honest, I haven't yet start reading about Corals. So will not go into that debate. But whatever it is, I want to keep the basic straight before thinking about the Corals and Live stocks. Being a planted guy, I dont much care about fishes, so will keep that part minimal.
Being in Hyderabad, I found, it is a matter of just 2 months when it is not possible to keep the temp below 26 using only fan. If I start executing the plan, next month, it will take easily 3 months or more, to setup everything, curing the LR and cycle the tank properly. If I look for a July time frame, then I am safe for next 9 months. Which will give me enough time to get a chiller.
Now, coming to the equipement part, as far as I understand, to start with I need,
4. Water (RO/DI)
6. Aragonite plus seeding LS
7. A good marine test kit
9. MH (2*70watt) (need suggestions on correct spectrum and kelvin rating. If not mandatory, I dont want to go for those deep blue 20000K MH)
So please suggest me decent brands and help me to look at the starting budget.