Thanks for your thoughts, everyone. Keep 'em coming at least until next week.
I stopped by my new favorite LFS
yesterday and told the owner I was making the plunge (last time I was there, he and this other customer were bustin' my chops to get into saltwater), and we talked for a while about what I would need and why I would need it. It was nice to know what he was talking about (research is useful!
). The light I'm getting as of right now is from his store. I can't remember the name, but he swears by the light and uses that brand but lower wattage on some of the tanks in the store. It's a 96W 24 inch PC
with one daylight and one actinic and it also has lunar lights within the unit. It's $1 more than the PowerQuad before shipping, and he mentioned that a lot of the time when he would order PQs for customers they would come in broken. Plus I like shopping at the LFS
when I can. So next week I will be stopping by to get my light.
This is kind of off topic, but it's my thread so I can do that.
Another cool thing (I think) about this LFS
is that they have huge RO
units (like, hundreds of gallons) for fresh and salt, so he'd sell me 8-10 gallons of water from one of his coral tanks in the front of the store at a discount. That way I'll have some bacteria and whever else good comes out of established water. I'm going to buy like 5 lbs of rock from them too (the rest of my rock will be from Liverocks.com) and some type of crustacean like a couple shrimp or something, to keep the cycle from falling apart. Then after my rock has been around for a month or so I'll get a fish. Still not sure what kind though.
I'm pretty excited about this move to salt. I know a 10 is very small for this, but that also means I'm prepared to do the work it takes to keep it thriving. I would rather have a 10 set up and work on it for a few months until I move than set up a 55 or larger only to have to move it next Spring.
If anyone's interested, I'll be posting pics of this as I go along in my gallery.