Do you have to have the live rock? Can you have just live sand? A HOB
filter works good but if you want messy fish such as puffers you will need a protein skimmer.
fish also need water movement don't they? Don't you need something to create a fauz current?
I will be starting a SW
tank soon and need info on getting it started... I was told roughly it tanks a month after you have the tank setup before you can add starter fish also.... And patience is key to a SW
Please keep the information coming... I am learning