Hi everyone. I'm normally a freshwater fish keeper but i've decided to go in for the "challenge" of keeping a saltwater FOWLR
. Over the past few days, I've been doing some SW
research to see what I need to do differently and what type of equipment I should buy for the big change.
So far this is what I have. Please feel FREE to leave ANY kind of suggestions whether its to change my setup, add something, or even suggest a better name brand from personal use. I appreciate it!
-75 gallon Glass tank (Before I setup, I may go acrylic if I have some spare $$)
-Skimmer: AquaC Remora PRO w/mag 3
-Lighting: This is one of my bigger questions. Should I continue with the 2 NO
florescent dual strip lights with 2 GE SW
aqua rays and 2 GE SW
blue? or will it be completely worth my while to get a 4x65w compact? If so, what brand around $230? and do I have to buy a new hood for that?
-Live Sand (is this a great addition? Can I mix it with something else to keep costs lower?)
R/O- I definitely NEED r/o water correct? From what my research tells me, a r/o d/i unit is best. im all set with always having to buy from the LFS
. Any recommendations on good r/o units around $200?
And also, supplements to add into the R/O water. I was thinking Seachem liquid marine buffer to restore some lost elements and keep the pH between 8.1-8.3.. Does R/O water always come out a straight 7.0 or does it depemd on where you live?
Hydrometer- Suggested Brand?
Salt Mix- after reading numberous debates, i've thought tropic marin might be a good brand...?
Sterilizer- Thought about one of these and will only buy if I have extra cash. I was thinking the turbo twist.
I will also be constructing a 29 Gallon sump for my marine tank.
Let me know what ya'll think. Whether I might be okay with all of this or whether I should keep researching..