Hey all... I had a 29g reef tank for 4 years previously, had to get rid of it when I went Army... now I'm back home and have the post Iraq spending itch. I bought a used 58gal oceanic reef ready tank, with a sump (4-6 gal
, I got six in it but it might be overfull?) and protein skimmer. I have two heaters on it, a 300w and a 100w (my house is VERY cold, its a remodeled garage, concrete floor) I can photo it if somebody shows me how to post pics. Its got about 40lbs live sand, guy had it set up w/damsels when I bought it and I moved it w/ two five g jugs of its water. Tried to level it but my house is pretty crooked, so its a bit off level. I filled it w/ water, 1.022 gravity, (I always kept my other tank from 022 - 023 and did fine) and its running now, empty other than the sand. I ordered 40lbs lr
from liverocks.com, 20 base, 10 keys, 10 gulf. I know I'll need a LOT more rock, but my spending spree is screechin to a halt with new baby costs (well worth the cost!). The sump is filled w/ bio balls. I planned on addin the rock and lettin it sit for two months, than adding another 40lbs lr
w/tax return money, letting it alone another month, than adding fish. My last tank was all coral, shrimp, arrow crabs, spiny reef lobster, two fire gobies, and one damsel. This tank I'd like to have more fish, more emphasis on pretty fish, maybe a couple hard corals, plenty soft, possibly some gorgonians and a sea horse. Okay, so I can live without sea horses, but they're so darn cool.
So my questions... how feasible is this? Should I drain the tank and try to get it more level before adding live rock? Am I bein over cautious on cycling time? Should I switch the bioballs for live rock? live rock rubble? What types of fish can I keep in a tank this small? Are oceanics good tanks? How long do they usually last? Also, there's a white calcium like deposit on the glass, I've scraped some off because I like to be able to look in on all sides, but what IS it? Seems to have algal blooms on it too, reddish brown and a trace of green. How long should I leave the lights on?(2 big flourescent tubes, a reptisun reef and a aqua-glo) I plan on buying pc
lighting for this, any suggestions as to size?
Thank you all for your help.