That lighting should be fine for softies, mushrooms, zoas and LPS
. You can probaly do some of the hardier SPS
like green birds nest if you place it high in the tank.
Make sure you use PURE freshwater (along with your salt mix of course) to fill the tank and for top offs and water changes. This means buying RODI
water or investing in an RODI
system. Making the investment up front will save you a ton of headaches in the form of algae problems down the road. If you decide to buy your own system, Bulk Reef Supply has good prices and excellent customer service. You can find some similar products for less, but their construction and attention to detail is worth the small increase in price. There is almost always a group buy going on here that can help save you a few bucks.
Be sure to get some liquid test kits: at least ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH to start. You'll also want phosphate, calcium, and carbonate hardness (kH
) soon. I'd also add magnesium to the list eventually.
Invest in a good protein skimmer. I'd avoid Coralife, Marineland, and Seaclone brands on that. Although these look to be a good deal, most folks end up wishing they'd spent a little more for a much better skimmer in short order. Craigslist is your friend.
Be sure to post pics as you go!