1st time here, 2nd shot at setting up tank
Hello all. I found this forum and am hoping that I can set my tank up the right way this time. I have a limited budget for this so here we go.
So I have a 50 gallon Hex, I have emptied it and bleached it along with the other components (filters, pumps, hoses...). First I want to paint 2 to 3 sides. Black or Blue? What type of paint?
Parts list...I have a Sealife Systems Premier Series Wet/Dry, CAP-1800 pump, VISI-THERM 250 W water heater, Aquarium Systems Maxi-Jet 600, 2-Perfecto Mfg. Light fixtures model # 45/60 hex PFH-F, 1-all glass aquarium 15w lamp & 1- zoo med f15t8/actinic 420 coral sun lamp.
WATER- I live near the ocean (south florida, east coast) Whats the best way to start my salt water tank? Salt and tap, salt and filtered or catch the high tide when it comes in?
After this I'm getting about 40lbs of sand and 25 to 30 lbs of live rock, then cycle. Is there anything I'm missing? I do have a friend giving me a protein skimmer as well. I would like to know if there is anything else needed. I plan on just having a fish only tank as I've heard it will be hard to keep coral with the type of tank I have. I had this up and running a couple years ago but was not able to keep anything that I bought alive for more than 3 months.
Any help or suggestions would be apprciated.