HOORAY! 46 gallon aquarium!
I have been looking for an aquarium to start my new saltwater tank, and my eyes almost popped yesterday! I was walking through Wal-Mart, and there was a brand new All-Glass Aquarium, 46-gallon bow front with a nice stand and hood included for $198! Now, don't worry, I am not going to buy any componentry at Wal-Mart, but I couldn't pass a deal like that up...the same setup is $449 at Petco right now!
So anyway, I have a month or two to save before I start buying filters, heaters, etc...I am curious to ask, just so that I make sure I leave enough room behind the aquarium, what will I need bare minimum to get started with saltwater? And once I have it set up, what will I need to maintain it? I have a small 10 gallon saltwater aquarium that is going very nicely right now that will be my quarantine eventually.
Here is what I have so far to buy:
Substrate (haven't decided sand or crushed coral)
Live Rock (30 to 45 pounds)
Filter (Penguin 350?)
And of course fish, but I can still go many ways with that...what is your opinion of other components that I might need? Any hints?
38 Gallon (Freshwater): 1 Green Swordtail, 3 Yo-Yo Loaches, 1 Clown Pleco, 1 Blue Gourami, 4 Otocinclus, 7 Cherry Barbs.
46 Gallon (Saltwater): 60 pounds Lalo Live Rock, 60 pounds aragonite sand, 1 Coral Beauty Angelfish, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, 1 Mushroom Coral, 1 Emerald Crab, various snails and hermit crabs.
10 Gallon (Saltwater quarantine):