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Need some guidance. I have a fluval 404 filter and African Cichlids in my past experience as well as one of those nasty marineland wheel units. Looking at saltwater but since I am potentially doing a large move in 2 years or so I don’t want a major setup nor an angry fiancée. While I know bigger is better – I want something that is movable even if I have to turn the fish in. Here are my questions:
Presently have a 29 gallon tall tank and a 12 gallon regular tank – is the 29 too small for a noob?
Have a fluval 404 filter. While it work great it is a real pain to clean and get together just right. Fish place said I can keep it (they have a 250 gallon tank running on two fluvals somehow /w saltwater).
Plan on aiming for a 75-150 gallon + tank when I get settled thus I’d like to buy some quality equipment that I can use for a larger tank.
Handy but don’t wish to build a sump by hand (it would be my first interaction with things).
Would prefer to avoid live rock (getting married this year) due to weight of moving, one arm + 1 leg $, no reef desire. Not 100% set on this though.
What recommendations do you folks have with filters and such? Bought my testing kit, hydrometer, crushed coral, etc. but still in the bags. Fish store said to just get the water the right gravity and then throw some fish in (against what I have read).
Appreciate any assistance. Have been doing a lot of research but would like to defer to the experts.