HI, I'm Karen. I joined AA moments ago! For the last 6 years i have maitained a 29L freshwater. I wanted to start with reef but this setup was given to me and I wanted to see if it was something I could manage along with all my other responsibilities of wife, mother of 4 and part time work(from home). Things are good and I'm sooo ready for a reef system.
What we have now will be relocated from the living room to the office and replaced with a 50g that was a bday gift from my family plus any bigger and we would have to buy a bigger house. I have a hydrometer, and a saltwater master test kit. Sad i know. I was thinking I should get the stand next (my lfs
has a nice sturdy pine stand on sale).
I've read a ton online, have books from the library, and spent 2 hours in borders this past Saturday night reading some more but I still am very nervous about starting. I feel like such a dummy even after all this reading.
I have to be careful in how I plan/budget and there are so many choices I'm affraid i'll end up wasting $.
What should my next purchase be(after the stand) lights? What I've read is the standard light that came w/ the tank won't suffice. then I was thinking livesand and salt but wait i'm forgetting filtration. Ahh that one kills me. help