Okay, it has always been a dream of mine to start a saltwater aquarium. I think a well kept tank are absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to start one.
I have about 500-600$ I am willing to spend (instantly, much more in the long run) to start my tank.
I wish to have a Saltwater + Invertabrae tank (I love anenome)
The tank i have picked out, a 72gal bowed tank which costs 210$ at my LPS
That leaves 290-390 for equipment.
I would like to use live sand and live rock initially to cycle.
What I need help with is.....
How much sand/live rock will I need to start?
After I fill the tank with water, are there any chemicals i need to add besides dechloronate?
I realize I need a heater, a protein skimmer, a filter, a thermometer, and a light - about how much will all of that cost me, and is there anything else Im missing?
What is a sump generally consist of, are they necessary? are they hard to set up?
Ive read several ways to start a nitrogen cycle, what do you as experienced hobbyists prefer, especially with my type of tank?
How long does it generally take with all the types of cycling you go through to put fish in?
What fish do you reccomend starting out with?
Is there anything else I am completely missing?
I have read a few books on the subject, but I always like input from everyday people like me who have been through atleast one if not many tanks
Thanks in advance