Currently have a 75 gal
set up and running with 20 or so fish in it. One of the fish is a African bush (or leaf) fish. I also have 5 danios so there is a time bomb in my tank of when the leaf fish get big enough to eat the minnows. Thinking in advance I have purchased a 54 gallon corner tank (pictured). I actually got it for a steal. Anyway, now that i look at the tank im falling more and more in love with the idea of setting up a saltwater reef tank. I have red through the tutorials and how to's, I have searched the web, and everyone agrees that setting one up is super expensive and difficult for beginners.
For a very brief amount of time im sure my fiancee has agreed to let me
have the saltwater setup so long as it doesnt bankrupt us pretty much lol.
I have kept fish for about 6 months now, which i know seems short, but i have kept sliders for 10 years prior to this. Also i pick up on things really fast (HORRID at math though haha) so learning curve or lack of experience should be taken with a grain of salt
I want to accomplish a tranquil setting that has about 5 or so medium sized fish.
In other words what can i do to get the ball rolling. Like could i just have my filter and heater to start acclimating some live rock? Or like all the websites say do i really just have to jump all the way in and buy all the gear (sump, skimmer, cleaning crew, uv
sterilizer ect.). Also with this shape tank if i do do salt should i get it drilled? Can i get it drilled lol?
Help me stock (open to fresh and saltwater options) time is not an issue, i am patient and can slowly set up any system if necessary.
Oh! and also lighting for reefs is very expensive i hear, I included a pic of my light setup, is this setup reef ready?