lifelong freshwater person.. I have two tanks in my house, a 75 gallon and a 29 gallon... both freshwater. My 75 gallon is currently stocked perfectly... My 29 gallon is empty. I have always wanted to take a step into the saltwater setups but always got cold feet.. I think the time to do it is finally here.. some questions for a newbie.
I want to convert my empty 29 gallon into i assume a fish w/live rock setup. I know 100% that i want to build this tank around the nemo type clown fish(of course). i have been reading up for weeks about this and so far i have read that 29 gallons is perfectly fine to start out. I am looking to see what if anything i can use from my current setup? I currently have pool sand substrate, im assuming i would need to junk that and go with some other sand bottom? I also have an aquaclear 70 filter that I would like to use in the reef tank, would this work?
from my research i found that in the long run im better off using live rock to help out with my filtration.. This is where im getting confused.. The fishstores closest to me that sell reef supplies is around 45 minutes away. they sell dry rock at $2.99 lb, cured rock at $4.99lb and live rock at $7.99lb.. im not really sure the difference between cured rock and live rock??????? anyways the lfs
advised that I use a few of each... told me the live rock at 7.99 should seed the rest of my tank as long as i get a few pieces...he then told me to get some of the cured rock and then some dry rock to keep cost down and in few weeks time this will all be turned into live rock anyways, is this all true??? I want to go the cheapest yet easiest way, but i have waited all this time, i dont mind waiting to properly cycle and seed the tank... I am assuming that if i get the $7.99 lr
since its in tanks at the store it shouldnt have the pest that i dont want tagging along(worms).
last but not least, what else would I need? is a protein skimmer needed right away? what about different lighting? once again, i just have the normal lighting from the my fw
setup. I am so sorry up front about the length of this, I want to take my time with this and make sure i get this correct the first time but i also cant afford to spend $1000s to get a 29 gallon up and running... can one make a 29 gallon tank work for clown fish and a few other compatable species? thank you...