Hi everyone! First post to the forum - just wanted to see if any of you have some advice for a newbie.
Firstly, I haven't bought anything yet! I'm doing some research into the whole saltwater thing (having come to the conclusion that it's a saltwater aquarium or nothing for me) as I want to get a "Red Sea theme" reef going....
My first sock was how few fish I will be able to stock with! The largest tank we can manage (or to be more accurate, the largest tank my wife will agree to!) is 80cm x 40cm x 45cm (approx 140 ltrs). I wasn't planning on stocking with lots of fish, but working through the calculations on this site I find I can have a whole 7" of mature fish, so it's pretty limiting
. My initial thoughts are gobys or blennys, but I did also think about a frogfish, (but that would probably be the entire 7" gone in one hit). I was wondering about inverts also (boxer shrimp / harlequin shrimp maybe?). I'm assuming that I can add a few inverts to the whopping 7" of mature fish?? anyone know if they will be ok with a frogfish?
I've therefore decided on a reef approach and go for an aquatic garden with a few fish, rather than a fish tank with a few plants. I was wondering what suggestions you might have for corals / sponges / anemones etc and whether they should be purchase and set up before cycling the tank (the plants that is - I will be doing a fishless cycle when I eventually feel ready).
Also, ideally I want to position the tank so it can be viewed from both sides rather than against a wall (we have the perfect site to allow this) but I have heard that fish prefer a tank background as they get insecure if they can be viewed from both sides? Any thoughts?
Thanks for all and any help anyone can give! I thought