Thanks so much for all your help guys! The tank deals at jacks seem like a good price for the tank/ stand, but I was sure I could get a better deal on all the other stuff. I was thinking a FOWLR
setup with some small fish eg: a pair of clowns, cleaner shrimp, and maybe a goby / blenny to start out with. Coral is sure nice, but I know at this stage, even with lotsof research I dont want to start with coral, i'd rather get some experience first.
What do you guys think is the best site for start up items? I saw the ones listed and haven't had a chance to check them out yet. I have enough money to afford a 55 gal
set up, but would like to get the best I can for the best deal. I'm running on a vet tech salary which isnt the greatest LOL.. I want to save money but offer the best I can to keep my fish alive & well.
Im also reading its best not to get live sand from a bag at a pet store ( sounds like a bad idea anyway ).. best to order this online too? since chain pet stores are all I have around?
I also recently found out my water PH where I am is 8.8-9.2 is this going to be a problem for my tank? Apparently it can work out somehow.. since the pet stores have fish.
last question for now hah.. what do you think is the best forum of filtration besides live rock? ( Since I am planning on buying live rock already). I dont think I can afford a sump, how about power filter ... wet /dry? I heard those worked well. I'm just wondering what the best would be for now for a fowlr
btw Roka, I like your 'catfish' picture
thanks again so much for everyones help and putting up with all my questions