Hi, Barbara--I see from your other posts that you're switching from FW
; a lot or people on this board have made that switch. One newb to another, one thing that you'll find is really different in SW
(at least in my experience) is that there are as many opinions as posters about things like sumps, lighting, filtration, etc. What one person swears by another calls a disaster waiting to happen. With a lot of aspects of SW
, I think the best thing to do is read books, search old posts, and then ask for clarification if things still aren't gelling for you. There are a lot of threads that discuss the pros and cons of various setups. That said, there are a couple of things most on here would probably agree with:
1) Be prepared to spend a lot of money.
2) Be prepared to spend a lot of time on the tank; I know it takes me a lot more time and effort to keep my SW
tank than it does my FW
3) Before you buy anything, get some good books and read a lot of posts.
4) Do that some more.
5) Go slow and be patient.
tank with 29-gallon sump
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
29-gallon with two goldies, Carrot and Orangehead