I am not technacally a newbee to this site ( have freshwater) but a newbee to reef/salt
recently purchased a 24 gallon aquapod nano system off craigslist.. they guy who sold it to us was pretty knowalagable, and came and did the physical set up of the tank for us which was great, so we could understand how everything worked.
set up came with sunpod metal halide reef lite (2x 150 watt bulbs)
12x sunrise/lunar leds, a small aquafuge2, a maxijet pump, a heater, and the tank itself, along with live rock and live sand
the guy also threw in a really pretty greenish purple mushroom, and a cool coral frag (zooanthids)
so, anyway i did a lot of reading about how to cycle the tank etc, and went with the grocery store shrimp method, and had the spike and now all is well, perameters are good... so my questions to you guys are as follows:
now what?? i know i need to get a cleaning crew pretty soon, i am starting to have a tiny bit of algae growing on the front of the tank and a tiny bit on a piece of live rock. do i do that first before i do anything with new corals or fish or will they not have enough food yet??
if i can get corals or fish now, what do i start with? the guy at the lfs
tried to talk me in to damsels, but everything i read about them are bad!! also, will my lights support most corals?
also, as far as the mushroom that came with the tank, he is starting to aim kind of downward, and even shriveling a little... do they like a lot of light or not so much, i did read that they don't like current, so i am pretty sure i need to move him out of the major current.. love this guy, so i don't want him to die
also, i have these cool anenemonie type things growing out of one of the pieces of live rock, i have looked online trying to compaire pics to these, but can't figure it out... can anyone identify? they don't look like aptasia thankfully!!
haha, that was a lot of questions, but i am just loving doing this tank, it's my ( and my hubby, thank goodness) new baby!! it's all so exciting!!
thanks in advance to all!!