I am new to the world of fish keeping. Just finished cycling my 25 gal
and adding fish tomorrow!
Anyways, I have always been fascinated with marine fish, especially the odd balls. So I was just sitting her at the computer looking at SW
fish online, and I thought, I want to do a SW
reef tank. Uh oh...
Anyways, I was thinking either a 20 long or 40 breeder. I'll probably go with the 20 long because I think it will be easier to find and I already have a space for it, but I may be getting a rack that can fit 40 breeder tanks.. We'll see...
This tank it is going to be really weird compared to other reef tanks, but it's what I want to do. I have NO idea what all I need for this, and I would also like to not have a sump if it is possible to get away W/O one.
This tank ( I think) will be mostly corals, inverts, and sea cucumbers and such. I am thinking of only doing 1 or 2 fish. Odd ones of course!
Fish I like are:
Clown Fish (I know they are not add but I do like them)
Lion Fish (Dwarf of course)
I know I can't have all of these ( of course) but I would like to know 1 or 2 of them I could do. I know it also depends on the tank size, too! Has to be reef an invert safe. The fish I would like to have most are the Mandarin Gobies, Filefish and Puffer Fish.
For inverts I am thinking:
Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Dwarf Yellow Tip Hermit Crab
Sea Cucumber, Yellow
Lettuce Sea Slug
Blue Velvet Nudibrach
Now the more I think about it I should really do the 40 gallon, huh?
For corals, I am completely lost... I have no idea what I want, what is not easily killed, etc. Some that I like Mushroom coral, Tree Coral, Polyps, Sea Fans, Candy Cane coral, SPS
Corals, I don't know. You tell me what to do LOL
So for equipment, what will I need? I know I need a heater, lights, filter, protein skimmer, what works best? Also, this is going to be put together with my birthday money. I'll probably get $300 or so from my parents, and $50-$100 from my grandparents. Is the enough to start a reef?
I know I am forgetting things, but this will get me started.