Hey everyone, this is my very first post here on Aquarium Advice and I'm looking for a very enjoyable experience here
. I've been reading about saltwater aquariums for a few weeks now and decided that I would like to take on this hobby and create one. I've got a few questions and a few pictures, so hopefully that will aid you in helping me out. Thanks
Well here's my story:
Last week while I was visiting my girlfriend, her dad was nice enough to give me his old saltwater aquarium with various equipment that he used years ago. I would like to know what some of the stuff does, where it goes, and what else I will need to make sure I have a suitable habitat for my fish I will get later on. I know I sound really new to this, and well, I am. I don't plan on setting the aquarium up for another two or three months though. I'm waiting for my mom's lease on her apartment to end so that she can move and I'll have a more permanent home for the fish and the aquarium.
-I live in Florida
-I plan on making a fish only tank
-I'm going to get a bigger tank for the sump
-Please escuse the crappy picture quality; I took them with my phone
-I am planning on getting tank decorations such as rocks and stuff later on when I actually set up the tank
-I know about cycling the tank and the nitrogen cycle and stuff
-I know the proper pH, salinity, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels
1. I do not know what pictures 4-7 are, nor what they do or where the go.
2. I have old sand that was used before. Should I replace it or keep it?
3. What type of lighting will I need?
4. Should I clean the sump/filter thing?
5. What's a protein skimmer and do I need it?
6. Am I going to need more vinyl tubing?
7. What do I connect it to?
8. Is there anything else I need to go out and get?
Please help! Thanks to anyone who actually read that whole thing.