Finally started my tank 7 days ago. It's a 45 gallon but it slim & tall, not ideal for a reef but I like the look & it was a great deal from a friend. I chose to use a canister filter since I did not want to chance a hob
skimmer or drill this tank since it's my first salt water. I got a Hydor slim skim and a power head for circulation. Started with 45 lbs Fiji dry rock, 20lbs of aragonite live sand (couldn't find dry at my closest local fish place). I did not want live rock because of a few parasites that my friends got in I their live rocks. I put 2 medium frozen shrimps in the tank, measured salinity, ph 8.0, Ammonia, nitrate & nitrite all were 0 as expected 6 days ago & all have increased as expected or rather quickly as of today. Today ammonia is 2.0, nitrite is between 2.0 & 5.0, Nitrate at 20ppm.
Seems to be moving along faster then I expected but I will wait till next reading to be sure.