It's ok I guess to mix the water that way the first time. Don't do it anymore. Once you have fish you have to mix it in a tub. The upshot is that an average weekly water change is only 10 percent so a 5 gallon bucket will be all you need from now on. If you are not getting live rock you are going to need some kind of mechanical filtration such as a canister filter or a hang on the back filter. This will be for the floss and carbon. Try to get one that turns your water at least 10 times an hour , appx 3 to 4 hundred gallons per hour. If you went with the lr
you wouldn't need the hob
filter so you need to weigh the cost of the lr
versus the filter. You will need appx 40 to 50 pounds and a filter will cost anywhere from 30 dollars up to God knows how much. Your skimmer is a pretty good one but you didn't mention your lighting system. Get a good test kit for ph
, amm, nitrite, and nitrate if you don't already have one. What do you have in the tank to cycle it? Most people recommend a shrimp from the store or a piece of live rock to cycle with. If there is nothing in your tank, you are not cycling it's just sitting there. Good luck and ask lots of questions.