Well let me start by saying that this tank was supposed to be a FW system until my son saw "Nemo" at the store. So I do some research and begin. I currently have a 44 Gal Corner Pentagon with a HOB Fluval C4 filter, T5-HO lighting(2 daylight/2 atinic/ +led moonlight). Tank has approx. 61 lbs of LR and approx 2"-3" bed. Current inhabitants are 2 Occ. Clowns(1"-1.5"), 1 Purple Firefish(2"), 1 Hippo Tang(1.5"). Current CUC is 3 Blue Legged hermits, 3 Nassirius snails, 3 Astrea Snails, 1 Bumble Bee Snail, 1 Red Legged Hermit, 2 Cerith Snails, and various other critters courtesy of the LR. The system has been running about 5 weeks now and all fish have been added in the last 2 weeks.
Now on to my issues.
1st: I now know that the Hippo is will get way to big for the tank. I was given some wrong info about this but have decided to hold on to it because I am already trying to talk the wife into a bigger tank to be introduced around Mar/Apr.
2nd: I am currently trying to decide between a Protein Skimmer, HOB Refugium, HOB Skimmer/Fuge combo, or a RO/DI system. What are your thoughts on this? The only water I have available to me is RO only from the LFS's. With That said I think my fliter is a bit under powered for this tank so Im leaning towards the skimmer and or fuge. Speaking on the filter what is the thought on removing the carbon pack and sponge and replacing with more LR. The filter does already have some bio abilities already?
Well I guess I'll just start with that. Im sure I'll have more questions as I really want to get this right. Thanks in advance