I have a friend working on his FW
tank, while I work on my SW
tank... our cycles seem to have run about the same duration.. altho I've read of people having cycles barely a few days and some 8weeks or more.. Mine was about 3-4 weeks.
I remember someone round here saying that sand was ok..altho I don't think you'll have much sand bed with that much (of course, I guess that's a personal pref?)
Most round here would probably advise more LR
... If the LR
is to be a primary component of your filtration, I'd go for more. I have a pretty decent filtration setup, so I cut myself off at 1lb per g for aesthetic reasons (I want a long stretch of swimming area for my schoolers).
Lots recommend the maxi 1200's for powerheads.. I went with a Seio due to the 160degree arc it has... nice n quiet and even the smallest puts out some good flow.. pricey tho :/
People seem to like Instant Ocean (I use a mix of it and red sea cause I bought em both before reading about salt..)
Definatly a refractometer instead of a hydrometer...hydros are garbage imho
.. liveaquaria.com has a refract pretty cheap..well..relatively..
Food.. I'd offer em a variety... I keep some zooplankton in the fridge, use pellets and have made a blender mush food (search the forums for mush).
Filtersdirect on ebay has great deals on RO
filters that attach in line to a sink.. 100gpd 6 stage seems the most recommended (and a good size bin to keep it in as you draw it out by the gallon...I'm sure you could come up with a DIY
autoshutoff-autointoabin setup fairly easily..)
I'm pretty sure all tangs need a nice size tank (100+) as they get big...
I'm not even a novice at the livestock yet tho, so wait for other oppinions lol
Just my 2cents... gl with the setup!!!