Originally Posted by Toon.inc
I want to start a saltwater tank and have no idea what I need/should do.
I have two freshwater tanks and can easily get my hands on another tank. What do I need to start with and to keep going.
Tyvm in advance
Well first you need to read everything you can. Starting without knowing anything is a good way to run into problems.
However you will first need to decide a few things. 1) what size tank? 2) reef or fish only with live rock? 3) stock
This will decide what lighting and filtration you need along with flow. Planning your stock will help avoid problems. Pick your mist have fish and plan the tank size etc around that fish.
Here a list to get you started:
water (buy your own unit to save $)
Test kits (ph, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, alk
, calcium, magnesium, phosphate)
Lights (t5's, metal halide, LED
Extra siphon tubing
Raw shrimp (for cycle)
Utility pump? (for water changes)
Spare pump and heater to mix and heat new saltwater.
Level (for leveling out tank before filling)
Just for starters, not all are need but can/will make life easier.