Alrighty, after reading on this site and others for a few months, and having just finished reading The Conscientious Marine Aquarist
from cover to cover I feel I am ready to begin the plunge. I have kept a 55 gallon African tank for a few years now and I have a friend with a 30 gallon saltwater foaming at the mouth to help me.
I guess I will list what I am going with and you all can agree, challenge, etc... what I list. I will also put the price if you care to comment on that.
Tank: 125 Glass with wood stand, no canopy.
Lighting: 2 of these: http://www.hellolights.com/362xcoluaqde.html
36" 2x96W Coralife LUNAR Aqualight Deluxe Series 1x Actinic and 1x 10,000K, 2x 3/4W Blue LEDs -Square Pin
About $450.00 for both
Protien Skimmer: Bak-Pak2 by CPR
$140.00 each and would get 3 soo $420.00
Live Rock: 70lbs live baserock and 80lbs florida keyes rock from liverocks.com
About $480.00 total
Sand: About 2-3 inches deep not sure on price.
Filtration: Not sure I would need any more with the skimmers and liverock, perhaps a powerhead for water movement?
And then of course a heater, thermometer, test kits, buckets, etc.....
Now I am not gung-ho
on corals, I wouldn't mind some, I do know I want an anenome or two for the tank, and some feather dusters, would that lighitng be enough?
Now as for fish and critters:
I would like possibly 4 shrimp, 2 pairs of 2 different types, I am not sure they would all get along however, I like the way the Fiji Fire shrimp look and perhaps a pair of banded coral shrimp.
My girlfriend really wants an electric flame scallop, but I told her we would have to see if it would co-exist.
I would like a pair of true perculas for the anenome
I would love a flame angel, just worried it might destroy the anenome and any corals I might get.
A couple of Gobies, probably dragon gobies, would love mandarin, but I know it has to go in an established system and even then is iffy.
I would like a couple of yellow headed jawfish, but am afraid they might not get along with the gobies, any thoughts?
Either a royal or blackcap gramma, most sources have said only 1 to tank.
A long-nosed butterflyfish, although it may not get along with the the Flame angel I have read.
And a tang, perhaps a yellow one, everything seems to say they are the easiest to deal with.
And then of course the cleanup crew of blue-legged hermits and snails.
That gives me 10 fish total plus some shrimp and what not. Now most of these fish stay small, so I am open to any suggestions for a few more additions, either fish or inverts.
Also if you have any information on the order I should present the livestock please feel free to post that as well.
Oh ya, just so everyone knows, the dimensions on the tank are 72'x18'x24'
First post and its a doozy I know, and again feel free to yell scream or tell me this or that will not work.
Thank in advance,