Research, research, and research.... Honestly, theres prob 100 different "tips" we could give you to help you in your first sw
venture, but short of writing them down youll never remember. Start by reading all the stickies here in the sw
forums, thatll give you a basic idea. Just for giggles ill include a basic rundown of the equipment needed.
Stand (really duh)
Light fixture- should be based on what your uktimate goal is with the tank ie. coral/non-coral, fowlr
Powerheads-10x-15x water volume for fowlr
, 30x-35x for coral/reef
Heater- 1-3w PER gallon
Filtration- preferably some form of sump or refugium. Could run live rock rubble or macroalgae in it
Protein skimmer- always go a size bigger
Return pump- i recommend danner magdrives
Live rock- 1-2 lbs per gallon roughly ( doesnt have to be 100% live rock, could do 75% base rock/25% live rock, but you would need to cycle it)
Substrate- crushed coral/ argonite/ pool filter sand
Think that about covers it
in terms of supplies youll need
Refractometer (google it to find good deal
API or Safialert master test kit (will test all nexessary chem levels)
1-2 decent surge protectors
Should be about it for necessities... Now there are a few add-ons that would make life easier and serve you well.
Possibily a small storage room or cupboard area for storage.
3-4 5g buckets
Digital ph monitor
Outlet timers (for lights/blues/etc)
10g or 20g tank for hospital/qt tank
---in that tank id run a simple sponge filter with a bubbler and heater... No substrate, nothing fancy.