You dont need a protein skimmer to start out. Focus on getting your tank cycled. You need to either use cured or uncured LR
- its your choice. The uncured LR
would become cured eventually (obviously). I used cured LR
. You can mix your own salt water and make sure you have a hydrometer to measure specific gravity (although I would reccomend spending the extra money and buying a refractometer as hydrometers are not very reliable). So once you get your heater (temp should be at ~78-82F), filtration system, test kits, and all other equipment you will need, get your substrate which make sure you dont get crushed coral! Go with dry (not live) aragonite sand and enough to give you a 1.5-2" sand bed. Also, you want to get about 1.5-2lbs of LR
per gallon. Then you need to wait for your cycle to go through. There are many ways to have your tank cycle. I know of the raw shrimp method being used a lot. Personally, I just bought 30lbs of cured LR
for my 29g and the tank cycled after about 2.5-3 weeks. There is plenty more to tell you and I will let the experts take care of that but I hope this helps!
As for the LFS
telling you about the anemone. First off, you need a well established and mature tank for an anemone as well as the right lighting. So I wouldnnt consider putting an anemone in for several months. Also, it is not guarenteed that clowns will host with an anemone. Some anemones like condys will not host clowns at all but some like the bubble tip anemone (BTA) will. Its a hit or miss if you ask me.
Here is a link for equipment and basic SW
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.