Quick Tank Overview:
I am going for a reef tank
55 Gallon Glass Aquarium
's w/ Night and Day Lighting
200 Watt Marineland Heater
70g Marineland Cannister Filtration System
Marineland 1200 Maxijet Pro Powerhead
60 Pounds of Live Rock
5 Hermit Crabs (Smaller Ones)
3 Blue Damsels
Bleached beach sand, and 20lbs of Caribbean Sand on top.
81-82 Degrees Fahrenheit
Everything else tested 0 (Might have forgot a test?)
Now for the questions:
Is a Protein Skimmer a must have? Any input would be wonderful.
Im not running a sump, is this a big deal?
When I purchased the live rock he told me it was from Fiji, he also told me they cure it for 5-8 weeks before selling it. Was he feeding me BS?
I am from FL and live minutes from the beach, what is safe to grab and put into my tank and what steps towards cleaning it and such should I take before putting it into my tank?
How long does it take for a tank to "Cycle" and how will I know?
Live plants a good idea?
I have a Freshwater tank that ive had up and running error free for well over a year, I know air stones are basically a necessity in freshwater tanks for oxygen, what about Saltwater?
Is my temperature ok? I went to lower it to 80 and the Damsels looked nervous and stayed by the heater so I moved it back up to 82.
Damsels are doing great! 1 is very territorial and is constantly nipping at the others to stay away from his rock.
The hermits are having a hay day between the Caribbean Sand and the Live rock.
Snails are constantly moving on the glass and off the bottom.
Water is crystal clear.
I will update this post as I move further into my new Saltwater hobby.