Alright so im about to start my first salt water fish only tank. I have a friend of mine who is insanely good about this stuff. He has worked at fish shops for years. I've been reading a few books and magazines about getting started on salt water tanks and it seems pretty legit. But my friend knows ways around everything that ive learned from the books. Just wanted to kinda verify with you guys and make sure its ok.
So as i said im starting a 75gal salt water FO
tank. Got my live sand and getting ready to pick up my live rock. Got a few power heads and a nice little canister filter. Now, he says thats all i need. PERIOD. The reason for this is because i live in Florida. What he does is goes out and collects salt water out about waist-chest deep in the ocean and puts that water in the tank. As far as maintence goes, all he does is top it off with some purified water as needed(like the kind you can get from walmart or publix for $.50 a galon), and once a month do a 20-30% water change using fresh sea water. No protein skimmer or heater needed.
Can anyone verify if this will work? Its not that i dont trust him. I mean, this guy knows a lot. But because im a beginner and kind of trying to pinch my pennies, it'll be nice to know that i can take a few shortcuts.