Just starting out my research on converting my 29 gallon FW
tank to saltwater. Planning the typical Nemo tank. A clownfish or two and hopefully an anemone they might take a liking to.
Just hoping someone could point me towards some more info on a few things. I plan on using a mixture of crushed coral and a white sugar sand they have here locally (I'd really like to know where they find white sand here in Ft. Lauderdale as I've been to every beach and they're a sickly yellow) Anywho, how deep should I go on the sand/coral mix? I was only thinking of going 2 inches unless there's a reason to go deeper.
Other than that my plan was to use my cannister filter (replace the sponges/clean the bioballs) The lighting would be 130watts total. A 65watt cf
daylight(6,700k I believe) and a 65watt 50/50 daylight/actinic instead of the plant light. I think that should be enough for live rock and an anemone or two.
I haven't decided if I'm going to buy or build a protein skimmer yet as I have about half of what I would need to build one sitting around already. The real question is should I start out with it on there for the cycling the tank or wait until the cycle is finished to kick it on? Not wanting to remove the food for the bacteria I'm trying to grow for the cycle and so forth.
The other question is activated carbon, will I need it with a skimmer?
And I've seen a few recommendations for just over a pound per gallon of live rock. Is it really safe to put 30+ pounds of rock in there? I was thinking about 20 should handle it.
And is there a site with a good list of anomene's with light/food requirements etc? Obviously with a focus in mind of the clowns. Most of what I'm finding is spotty info at best.