Petco is having their dollar per gallon sale and I finally got to go check it out today and of course I came home with a new tank! I ended up coming home with a 40 gallon breeder tank. I'm am currently working on getting a 55 gallon freshwater tank up and running( upgrading my 20 gallon to it). But in the mean time I figured I could start planning out this tank since I believe saltwater tanks are a lot more work and I'd like to have a nice solid plan so I can start this tank off right.
First I would like to know what all I need equipment wise. I know I need a filter, heater,and a lighting system.
Filter- Some type of canister and maybe a HOB
for water agitation?
Heater- Would 200 watt ok?
Lighting- Wanna use a t5 HO
fixture with the ultra sun and coral sun light bulbs
Skimmer- Don't know anything about these yet
system- Ive seen 3 stage, 4 stage, how do i know which one i need?
40-50lbs of live rock
40lbs of live sand
Fish I have no clue about at the moment
Corals I have no clue about at the moment
Background: was thinking about maybe just painting it black like I did with my 55. Not sure yet thou. Any ideas of what looks good with a saltwater tank?