I am totally stoked to have purchased this "custom" 55 gallon (long I think) acrylic tank with stand, lights and filter, rocks and decorations from some nice folks on Craigslist. $125!! I was expecting a glass rectangle but this has curved edges and almost no scratches. I feel obligated to take advantage of my luck here and dive into saltwater tanks!
Boy, I'm full of questions! I just finished my heavily planted 29 freshwater tank so I am trying to stay on a budget. I was hoping to get a list for the upcoming group order with your help.
I was looking at fire blenny pairs and a mandarin goby, maybe a yellow tang too.
I know I need live rock, API saltwater master kit, maybe a salinity testing machine (refractometer?), GH
tests maybe, iron test since I use well water.
Um, I'm not as sure about the other hardware: skimmer, sump/fuge or anything obvious I'm leaving out? A big heater for 55 gallons, not sure if I want power heads if I could add seahorses in the future, my lfs
said they get along with blennies and Goby's
I live by the pacific and can surf out away from shore to collect seawater-- is there any advantage to natural water versus RO
or well water. I would love to invest in a CO2
system for my planted tank before I get an expensive RO
system. But if its the best ill get one set up ASAP.
I got so pumped over this tank! I thought I was years from trying to meet the saltwater challenge but why get intimidated? I trust the enthusiasm of you folks to set me up slow and steady, ill follow any advice you can share and can't wait to grow the family!
Thanks salties!! -Lila in central cal.
Ps what other fish are small and peaceful for such a tank?