Ok I am sorry but Zora is giving you poor advice. By doing your "Upgrades later" you are asking for issues. The whole point of a protien skimmer and power heads are to keep your water moving and clean. SW
is not like FW
were you can have water hardly moving and keep it quality water.
A 60 tank without a power head is a huge issue imo
. You need water moving for it to have proper gas exchange as well as removeing dead spots in the tank that will cause the water to fowal in that area.
by getting a potien skimmer later you risk having phosphate and nitrate issues that will be a pain to get down.
You want to start the tank out right in sw
you dont want to half a$$ it becasue it will come back and bite you.
Making your own water will save you more moeny then you even know. It will pay for itself in a few months and also keeps you from having to go to the first store and buy their water. do not condition tap water for saltwater tanks you will have a tank of algae if you do this. The most amazing thing about a sw
tank is crystal clear water and without these tools you will have murky water and algae all over your rock thats a pain to get rid of. The reason we use RO
water is because tap water has tons of disolved minirals in it. Conditioner just removes the chlorine that the water treatment companies put into the water. Tap water in my area has a TDS
of 348 and my RO
system makes the TDS
0, removes all harmful additives that the water treatment company puts in it and in turn will allow you to have a proper SW
All things said if you dont have the money for a protien skimmer right now and you just cant buy it and cant wait to set up the tank till you can afford it then fine start up the tank but dont wait 3 months to add your skimmer. But whatever you do NOT set up your tank without at least 2 powerheads you will regret it.
Cutting corners in the SW
hobby will cause you to get fustrated and leave the hobby because you wont enjoy it. Saltwater needs to be more balanced then freshwater. The more cornors you cut the harder its going to be. Set up your tank right the first time and not try to fix it later because you will spend way more money later then you will upfront.