Hey guys, been lurking for a while and finally signed up. Been doing FW
tanks for years but always wanted to get into SW
. I've decided to start small so I picked up an Oceanic Biocube 14 gl.
I got a great deal from a friend that includes all new Oceanic accessories:
- Protein skimmer
- Mini hydrometer
- Magnetic glass cleaner
- Mini ultraviolet sterilizer
- 250 gph
- 2 pk filter cartridges
He also included:
- 1 bag of marine substrate
- 1 bag of live sand
- 1 bag red sea salt
- (unfortunately I still need a heater)
I'm excited to say the least. Got everything running tonight except the protein skimmer, ultra violet and circulation pump (waiting to cycle for a while first). Also waiting for the cloudiness to subside so I can envision where to put my eventual live rock.
My hopes are to get two small clowns, a cleaner shrimp and a starfish. No more (unless you recommend something). However I won't even consider adding anything till I get back from Aruba in August.
My questions to you all, is what else should I be doing to prepare for live stock? Also I'm really curious as to how coral works? Is that produced from the live rock or something I must purchase separately? What kind of coral would you recommend for what I have in mind.
Btw, please scold me if I'm dreaming too big. Thanks!