Hi everyone! I'm not new to fish keeping, or this site but I'm sure I haven't met a lot of you yet. I've always been in the FW
forums. I have been reading up and researching for a few weeks now and was wondering if everyone here can help.
I have been keeping FW
tanks for years and now me and my fiancee would like to venture into the world of SW
. It won't be tommorow or next week, but in the near future so I figured now would be the time to get some good advice in from you guys. I have learned about live rock and what it does for the biological filtration, curing and acclimation. I have also read up on lighting, live vs. regular sand substrate and gravity sumps, in sump protein skimmers and keeping a mangrove.
We will be using a 45gallon tall, which I heard is hard to light but is it impossible? We wants a tall tank so that some if the live rock can be out of the water... (I realize this might not work seeing the smell, so we would opt for regular rock if we need to). We wanted to have the rock out of the water so some of the invertabrates could climb out and back in. I have heard that they would venture out and also that they wouldn't. Does anyone know of this? I also have a list I have compiled of things we would need. If you guys could help me with this too it would be greatly appreciated.
45 gallon Tall (already own)
DIY sump pump with protein skimmer
10-20k and 50/50 fluoresent bulbs (coralife)
Air pump ( if needed)
A combination of reef rock and dead base (60# based on 1.5lb per gallon rule)
Live sand substrate
Sea Salt (Instant Ocean or Kent, any reccomendations?)
and obviously a test kit.
We don't know what fish yet we haven't researched. He does like the spiney box fish, don't know the requirerments or size or anything like that we just saw it at a LFS
. And I would like a clown fish and an anenome. Also some invertabrates. Am I on the right track? I know I need to research more, there is a lot to this. Is it really as hard as it seems?
Thank you in advance I really appreciate it.