So I'm setting up my first SW
tank. I was going to wait and go big, until seahorses peaked my interest. I understand they do better in smaller tanks due to their inability to move fast to eat. So I started reading about a year and a half ago. I'm not new to the hobby. I currently have 6 FW
setups. Two 1 gallon betta tanks, a 29 community,a 5 gallon housing a blue prawn, a 55 community, and a 29 planted with a pair of Blue Diamond discus. I just shut down two other tanks to make room for my new quest.
I have my new setup started. A 20g high, with a penguin biowheel, a seaclone 100 skimmer (which I'm regreting now, but it's already in use),and a 2 inch sand bed(bahama grand). As for lighting, a dual satellite 2x65w, 1 dual daylight, and 1 dual actinic, with a lunar light.
I just purchased 8 lbs of Live rock. I plan on adding more, however, I am picky; and to find all the right pieces could take some time. My plan for livestock consists of the usual turbo snails and cleaner shrimps, I'm not sure if I want to add hermit crabs?? I don't want them clipping at my horses.(Some feedback on that would be great!) I have my heart set on an electric flame scallop, and a blue linkia star. I would really like some sexy shrimp, but I've heard they can nibble at the starfish?? Is this true? I'm also looking for suggestions on other compatable sand sifters.
I also want soft corals...mainly polyps (buttons, yellow), and possibly a purple blue mushroom. I have not done any research on the mushroom. It was suggested to me recently by another experienced SW
aquarist.(Feedback on this will be greatly appreciated!) Of course my seahorses, and in time a blue dragonette, in nine months to a year is what I'm figureing. I know they solely feed on copepods in very mature LR
ANY suggestions are appreciated!!! I know my first SW
venture is one of the most difficult tasks in fishkeeping and I should probably wait till I have more SW
experience..blah blah blah. However, my heart and mind are set and the tank is up and running. I'm very excited and I figure if all else fails...I'll either have some very expensive pet rocks, or a hell of a planted tank with that kind of lighting!!