Alright- So here's what I'm thinking... MTS time...
The fish I have now will fit into a 20 gallon - I'll pick one up cheap and use my old AquaClear 70 (set to low) and a 100 watt HOB
heater I have. I'll move the guys over, and tear down my "big" 44 gallon tank. When I set it up at the new place, I'll just leave it empty for a few weeks until all the furniture placement is finalized. at that point, I'll begin aquiring the funds and parts for the saltwater setup.
I made the stand myself 3 years ago out of 2X4's and a piece of plywood - There's no room for a sump, so i'm going to have to go sumpless FOWLR
. Is this common?
I will have the fluval 304, and a HOB
protien skimmer. (probably that octopos one) I also have a Fluval powerhead I can put in there.
I'm hoping to keep maintenance down to a maximum of once a week. Sound feasible?
My question is... If I were to START a saltwater tank, which would be the best way to do it?
It'll be a work in progress for a year, but I don't want to put anything living in there until it can sustain it.
For example, Can I use the 50/50 bulb, dead substrate (from a bag), the fluval 304, Saltwater, and some frags/live rock to start?
I guess what I'm looking for is my "order of purchasing" list in terms of priority.
For exmaple, (knowing that I have a tank, a fulval 304, 50/50 bulb, Heater, and am going sumpless)
50/50 light, Substrate, Salt, hydrometer, Live Rock, Protien skimmer, Fish, Frags?
Forgive me if these are super noob questions - Always been a F/W person and this is my first foray into the light/dark side.