Hello All. First things first, I would like to thank everyone on this forum. The advice is extremely valuable and I have done a lot of reading in the past few weeks..
I have been keeping freshwater aquariums since I was about 10 years old...30+ years now. I have always been petrified of starting saltwater and so I came here and started the process.
Equipment: 60 Gallon tank, Emperor 400 Hang on Filter, Top Fin 300w Heater, Koralia Evolution 1150 power head, standard flourescent lights, about 25lbs of live rock, 40lb base of crushed coral.
I started the tank a few days ago with clean ro
water and Instant Ocean salt for 50 gallons. I also added a bottle of off the shelf Bio-Spira to get started.
Salt levels are OK...am going to get a proper testing kit in the next few days...I got some strips which were obviously a scam since they dont test for ammonia. PH, Nitrites, Alkalinity, and Nitrates all seem fine for the time being.
Much to my surprise I see 2 things clinging on to the glass--no idea what they are but very hard to take pictures of. The tank is clear, filtration is good and biowheels are working.
What I know I need: More live rock (budget constraints), better lighting, and eventually (very far down the road) a sump/wet-dry system.
I have picked the humane way to cycle the tank and will let it go for a long time to come before adding livestock to it. Once I have a 'real' test kit this weekend, I will test water and post results.