is a lot different than FW
...you've figured that out by now I'm sure
. There are several different ways to go about setting up a SW
tank. You can go with a FO
(fish only), FOwLR
(fish only with live rock), or a reef. Before you get into choosing fish, you need to decide which kind of tank you want to set up. Except for the FO
requires different filtration techniques than FW
. It's not that much more difficult, just different. I would suggest doing some research before you buy anything. Don't just go with what the LFS
tells you to get. You can read one horror story after another here about that. Here is a post on the Berlin method of filtration that you might want to read.
You might want to check into deep sand beds (DSB
) and protien skimmers also. The two keys to having a successful SW
tank are planning and patience.