Sorry for such a short abrupt reply I was interrupted ...
here is the stuff I was hoping to post in my reply to your response:
Sorry I had to do a quick response on the fly I was interrupted.
Iíve know of people not skimming and being OK.. this doesnít mean that not having a protein skimmer isnít so bad either.
There are far too many benefits to have a skimmer than to have none at all. And most if not all people in the Reef Club I am in use skimmers. To maintain tanks with corals ..and especially SPS. We must skim ..
Ií m not going to argue with you about if you can have a Reef tank without one. All I am trying to emphasize is that to have a good tank that can support coral. The best thing to do is use a Skimmer. And hands down studies have shown that the benefits to a Reef System are great.
Sure go ahead and go without the Skimmer. This comes with many risks. More tank maintenance. More difficulty with maintaining stability in water parameters. And most possible a loss of expensive corals and other live stock.
If you read the article I linked about skimming, The benefits to having a skimmer far out weigh going without one. Significantly far out weighing.
Up to you if you want to dismiss my advise. Its your tank..and your wallet. Im just trying to save this guy a headache and future disasters that are quite possible if you ignore the benefits of Skimming
Also yes having ample amount of live rock is best... but like I said the least one should have and general rule of thumb is 1 pound per gallon. You can get more and add a lot like the others have.
With freight charge risen to where it is ..LR is nearly 6.99 a pound lately. Keep this persons wallet in consideration. Telling him a 100lbs least is roughly 700 bucks without tax. Lets not mislead him here and cost him so much money.
It is possible to find deals on craigslist.com or kijiji.com for a good amount of LR for cheap, which won't hit a wallet hard. Just have to keep looking for deals. 1 pound to 2 pounds of LR per gallon is the range I've seen suggested throughout my time looking online, so it will be wise not to go under 1 pound per gallon and it is not necessary to go over 2 pounds per gallon.
Stock the tank you have, not the tank you plan to have. Always have and use patience.
- 29g FW - Community
- 55g SW - Blue Watchman Goby, Royal Gramma, 6-Line Wrasse, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and various corals and inverts
For those of you who want a SW tank and never have had one before or just starting out, read this blog entry
from my blog on AC, it will give you a place to start.