I feel like I have a thousand questions and not able to formulate them all... so I figure that this would be a good place to start. I have the philosophy that there's no such thing as a stupid question, except the one you don't ask.
Anyway, to make a long story short, my wife and I are looking to set up a saltwater aquarium in our home. I have been reading up every resource that I can get my hands on, and I have visited two major LFS
stores in town and am considering our options. We are only just moving into our new house, and are willing to take the time to get things started off right.
One of my first "stupid" questions comes in the value of the so-called starter kits when it comes to an aquarium. One of the local places has a packaged kit deal which includes the AquaEuro 28 Gallon starter kit, which comes with the following:
- 28 Gallon tank
- System and filter
- Protein skimmer
- 20lb live sand
- koralia power head
- Salt 50 gallon mix
- 100W Stealth heater
- Stick on thermometer
- Test kits
- Step 1, 2, 3, tank buster and reef fx water conditioners
- LED moon lights
- 2x36 Watt lighting
- Plus 10% off coupon for live rock
They also have a RedSeaMax 130D as well. I am both intrigued and wary about such kit systems as to how effective they are as aquariums. I've had experience with aquariums in the past, but I am a titch rusty.
Another option for us to go is to buy a tank/stand (there's a 37 gallon cube-type that has some appeal), and then slowly piecemeal the parts we need doing all the necessary research ahead of time. I can see the advantage to that of customizing our own filtration to our needs, and possibly making use of a sump among other things.
I realize that I should have stated what our goals are up front. Ideally, I would like to eventually move to a Reef Tank, as challenging as it will be. Clownfish being our "signature" fish, but of course with the whole ecosystem underneath it to support it.
Another question I have has to do with depth of tank vs. width. Are we better to get a wider tank, or one with more overall depth?
I think these are at least some of the questions I want to start off with. I've been immersing myself in the various articles and such. I'm patient, and we're not going to start committing larger chunks of money to this until we've had a chance to do our homework.
Thanks for putting up with our stupid questions.