I am a new member to your forums and figure after browsing through all your very helpful posts on starting a SW
tank, i decided to give it a shot after several successful FW
tanks upto 55G.
I took the time to read over several posts and helpful books on marine aquariums to attempt to get some sort of hold on this very confusing transformation.
Now for the good part, I just wanted to name what i am planning on adding to my 55G tank to get the show on the road:
Filtration: 1 Aqua-Tech 30-60G Filter With Bio-Fiber Biological Filter 160gph (from previous FW
1 Rena FilStar External Canister Filter
Most likely a protien skimmer a little ways down the road.
1 200 watt UI aquarium heater.
Lighting: Basic flourescent lighting (2 bulbs across hood) I know i need to change that if i plan on going the reef tank route, but i am gonna take it slow before i move in that direction.
Than obviously the thermomator, hydrometer, live rock, live sand, water testing kit, salt additives and de-chorinators for the water. (feel free to correct me if i am missing anything!)
My main question is what to do first?!
I know you need to mix the saltwater seperate, but i dont know if you add the saltwater first or the sand and live rock first, than i know you need to begin cycling the water, and i know you add a fresh dead shrimp for every 30 gallons (I believe.)
I would greatly appriciate if you guys gave me some good concise pointers, to help me get started and organize this mass new amount of information, i took in over the last couple months.
Thanks a lot guys i look forward to your very helpful advice!