i'm new to the saltwater aquarium community, years ago i owned a fresh water aquarium, but i was 12 years old so i didn't care to really take care of it.
now, 14 years later after having done some research, i just purchased a 26 gallon bowfront aquarium kit to get a saltwater aquarium running. Aqueon 26 Gallon Deluxe Bow Front Aquarium Kit - New Year Sale - Holiday Sales - PetSmart
i purchases a new digital thermometer, a protein skimmer, i grabbed a head pump but i accitentally told the girl at the cash i didn't need it thinking it was just a regular pump for a bubbler :S, i was tired after a ling day of work :p sue me.
i also bought some live sand (not enough mind you). which brings me to my big question, the water in my area is pretty bad and we neeed a water softener to help soften and clean out our water, so i purchansed 5 gallon jugs of distilled water which i used to fill the tank up.
how i filled it is now worrying me, i put one jug of water in and added my salt to it, tested it and it was fine, i added another jug, didn't add any salt to it and then put in a small bag (i think 1lbs) of live sand, then i proceeded to filling the rest of the tank and it god very cloudy and foam formed on the surface from the sand. then added salt, testing it was bringing a low result, but i didn't want to add to much just incase all the salt hadn't disolved.
listening to my father i left the filter off to let the sand settle, but i resently turned it on as well as the skimmer and heater.
my question is, will i wake up to find my front hallway smells like dead live sand organisms or should i be alright with it?
if anyone can make some suggestions on if the filter is any good or if i should purchase another one, or just have suggestions on setting up the aquarium, feel free to let me know i'm open to suggestion and am anticipating a "you're an idiot" for my live sand incident.