I am new here. I am also new to the aquarium world. I have been around salt & fresh water aquaria quite a bit. My brother & a friend have kept saltwater fish.
I decided, since I have always thought aquaria interesting, to start researching a while back for the eventual purchase of a aquarium. I bought a used 55g with everything included, ready to go. I cleaned it thoroughly, not using any chemicals, just elbow grease & water. I decided to go freshwater, and intended on building a display tank of peacock cichlid.
Long story short, the aquarium is cycled with fresh water in it now. I have a very specific list of fish that I am looking for & cannot find them for sale anywhere that I am not buying full grown adult males, or unsexed juveniles. I specifically want males, at the youngest I can get (in case anyone cares about the reason behind my asking). To that end, I have started considering just going straight to salt water, which is my ultimate goal. I want a reef tank, I think the coral is amazing.
Is it reasonable, with no experience, to go straight to saltwater? I am willing to read, and ask questions before I put a fish in water. I certainly do not want to hurt fish due to my ignorance.
I know that lights will need to be upgraded, and have read a little bit about the LED
lights, and I know the lighting is significantly more important for reef tanks than otherwise. I have an API saltwater liquid test kit that I got from my brother. I know I need powerheads.
I have a 75g & 30g Aqueon HOB
on the tank currently. If that sufficient until I get a sump set up?
What else will I need? I have a few large pieces of Texas holey rock & a 1" bed of sand substrate. Will I need to add more sand? Remove the rock? I have no idea what type sand it is.
I know most people will suggest I stick to freshwater, which is fine. I am simply asking because this option is on my mind.