Hello, I'm new to salt water aquariums and I bought some of the setup tonight and I'm excited to get started. I had some freshwater cichlids around 5 years ago so i'm not a complete novice, but I know saltwater is a lot more difficult to take care of.. Anyway, I plan on doing a FOWLR
setup, so i have sufficient lighting for that, but not for coral. I bought a the following so far:
38 gallon tank
40 pounds of ocean direct live sand
Emperor 280 power filter
API Saltwater master test kit.
50 Gallons Instant Ocean Reef Crystals..
A couple 5 gallon buckets.
So, yea, tons of research here I come.. though I am very excited to start everything, I know it won't be a few weeks or even a month until I can get fish for it..
I was told to wait until the tank is setup for a few days with everything running before I buy the 38 pounds of Live Rock and heater. so i will do that in a couple days.. Do you still think I need a powerhead for this small of a tank that isn't going to have coral?
Anything else you think I need that i might be missing? Just want to add I haven't started adding anything into to the tank yet, everything is still packed, I want to read as much as I can before I start.. I know about cycling from doing freshwater setups.. but I need to read if anything is different for saltwater setups. Thanks for your time.