Okay guys... I've sat and thought for ages whether I wanted to cross the line or not. I'll admit... Seeing the salty price tag is a bit frightening..
First things first.. I want this to be done as cheaply as possible.. Pretend we are working on a college budget
P.S. Actually going back to college in July.
10g gallon that houses a black moor goldfish.. Soon to be upgraded so the tank is mine. Don't worry it's still a baby goldfish, not stunted...yet...it's my brothers tank.
My only rule is when explaining things, talk like you are talking to a child. I know quite a bit of freshwater but my knowledge of saltwater is this: clownfish are pretty and that's a cool anemone. Live rock helps the tank. That's about it.
I plan on this just being a FOWLR
. I dont want to jump to corals like I jumped to planted. Baby steps this time!
I started a saltwater thread a while back and thank you Hank for all the help. This time, I'm seriously going to put it into action.
Here's a list of questions that probably sound simple to answer but I'm starting at ground zero.
1. Filter- what's the best to use on a 10g tank? Not diving into sumps..
2. I have a heater for the 10g tank. Need to check if it is also applicable to saltwater.
3. Powerhead- do I need one?
4. Mini skimmer? Do I need one for a tank this small? If it helps with filtration I'm willing to invest.
5. Probably the most important- how do you Fishless cycle a saltwater tank? All you salty gurus probably know the best ways to do it!
6. Doing white sand. It's leftover in the bag from a freshwater tank. Will this work or do I need a special sand?
7. Live rock or dry rock? I'm clueless. My LFS
sells live rock at about $8.99 a pound. Sounds a bit high but it's my only choice.
8. Lighting! No idea where to even start... Don't plan on corals till I get some major experience. Unlike the $5 freshwater plants I can test run, corals cost money :p
9. I'm only think like a goby and shrimp. Any suggestions welcome but I want to start cycling before we start talking critters.
10. Any other help suggestions are welcome! Like I said I'm a newbie to saltwater. It may be a week or so before I get the tank to myself and can actually start but Having info to study first is never a bad thing!
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