Ok, here is my current plan of attack:
I currently have a Cascade 1000 canister filter (100 gph
) and one powerhead. I will add one more powerhead to make sure the waterflow is sufficient. I was told today at my lfs
to think about a protein skimmer in about six months. I will probably pick on up at that point.
There appears to be a wide variety of salts out there, including those at my lfs
. I would like to keep my options open for an eventual reef tank, but that is pretty far down the road so I think i am safe to just buy the common stuff (Instant Ocean
, & Red Sea
My current lighting is two Coralife T-5 Colormax Lamp-48"
I think these should suffice if/when I get LR
down the road, and maybe even some soft coral. Is that right?
I current have T grade 3m colorquartz sand. Worked great in my fw
tank and I think this should work just fine in a saltwater tank (I got different sand for this sw
I imagine this cannot go in until the tank is cycled, and even then I will probably want to get my feet wet a little bit before buying some rock. Looks like you can get lr
for as little as $3-4 shipped. My lfs
quoted me $7 a pound. I will probably get some base rock and mix it with some lr
a few months after I cycle my tank. Probably will end up costing a couple hundred bucks.
That is about it. To start, it seems right now I just need salt, a sw
test kit and a dechlorinator
(live in vegas with hard water).
What is going to be the easiest way to combine the salt and water considering I already have substrate and water in my tank?
After that I should be ready to start cycling (without fish). I will just find an article here on doing that, although I was told its not much different than cycling a fw
Anything to add to that plan? When I started by fw
tank I got a ton of information from this site and it went very smoothly. I understand something always pops up, but I want to be prepared as possible and do this right from the begining. The more I understand the more I can contribute down the road.