Hey Vudoo, don't be so worried. I've been doing SW
for a month now and I'm learning a ton. I get just about all my info from this site, but the lfs
is good people and I'll spend 2 hours in there talking and he's totally cool, very helpful. There's some lfs
out there that just want your money so def be cautious. The most important thing you can do right now, aside from getting a descent amount of LR
in the tank (1-2 lbs per gallon), is get a good SW
test kit, and a reef test kit too, but only if you're gonna do corals. You'll need a hydrometer or refractometer for keeping an eye on your Salinity or Specific Gravity. Watching your water is the best way to know what's going on in your tank, aside from just looking at it. Go slow and don't forget you're learning, just like the rest of us, only difference is many on here know a ton more than you and I. I know it's intimidating and you probably feel overwhelmed. Once you get the cycle done, your gonna start to get the bug, be careful it's addictive!! Don't be afraid to ask questions and you can't over do it on the water testing, just follow the directions of the kit you get. There's many helpful users here. Anytime you have a question use the search tool and if you don't find the answer start a thread. I've always gotten a response within a few hours. Stick with it and have fun!