After months of looking and learning, we finally picked up a tank. Found a gently used 50 gallon bowfront that had been used for saltwater before (it was a trade in at a LFS
). It came with a Penguin 350 filter, 1 750 gph
powerhead, a Marineland Protein Skimmer and a unknown heater. The lights are a built into the hood from Coralife (without the bulbs).
Everything looks to work, except obviously the lights (smart enough to realize without the bulbs doesnt work too well).
So I guess I have some questions for folks... I am traveling alot in September, and therefore do not plan on stocking with fish until early October (when I can be around to make sure all's well before leaving basic upkeep/feeding to my son). Can I get the live rock without the lights on (I can get them if so needed)? I assume buying the water from my local LFS
is the best idea? is there anything specifically I need to do for the live rock once its put in to cycle (I will be getting already cured LR
)? If I get some of the shrimp/snails before the fish, will they be OK or do I need to feed them specifically?
We are super excited by this. We had been planning on leaving the tank empty for the next month, but frankly, I want to at least work on the aquascaping.of the live rock in the next few days. Already addicted before starting