Hey guys, so I've been out of the aquarium scene for quite a while since I had to move across country. I still have everything from my FW
setup (55gal, wet/dry filter, heater, other tubes and bio-balls). I moved from the East Coast to Las Vegas and my fiancee and I decided to start a reef tank.
A few things I've been worried about and wanted to get straight before diving into the setup:
-the water in Vegas is extremely hard (313 ppm
/ 18.3 grains per gallon)... would this pose a threat to the animals? how hard would it be to do partial water changes?
-obviously I would have to thoroughly rinse the tank and other internal parts... could I still use the same tubes and filter from the FW
tank, or would I need to get all new parts?
-if we start off slow (i.e. getting the tank established, adding in the live rock, then the other animals) adding over a period of several months, is it completely necessary to get the protein skimmer, UV
filter, actinic lighting prior to even the live rock?
I'm just trying to get an idea, instead of jumping into it and getting frustrated down the road.
Also, I feel that I am fluent in FW
tanks and had been doing it for a couple years, so I do have experience with diseases, medicine, and controlling water levels... just so you don't think I have no clue about anything "fish"