I'm here because of this reason- I have a nice planted freshwater 60 gallon angelfish tank that's beautiful. I went into my lfs
for some new algae eaters when I stumbled upon the yellow tangs. The man said they were saltwater so I was sad since I thought they were so pretty (I love bright yellow). Then I started researching and decided I might want to try a nano saltwater/reef tank-i first wanted to make a small one for my wife since she always wanted a small one once again because of our lfs
(they have like a 4 gallon nano reef with a little clownfish) for her Christmas present...first off, what's the difference? Saltwater and a reef? This will be her tank if i get her one and i will stay with my angelfish tank.I don't want to start out with any complicated fish or just have no fish at all, just a saltwater or reef setup to get the hang of it, then maybe upgrade the tank and get a fish or two IF we can make it that far...so I'm really good at FW
. had a large FW
tank for years. Love it. Then I went back to the lfs
and I got somewhat hooked on SW
. he has lots of awesome reefs in his store but they seem like so much work! And expensive! All I want is maybe a 5-10 gallon little tank to get the hang of it, but I have researched for so long now and still everybody is talking in a foreign language to me. (not literally, you get what I mean). I don't understand any of it excpept I need salty water with a specific gravity of about 1.023 or something. I found about 15lbs. Of live rock and that's it I have on my shopping cart. What tanks do you suggest? I like it all in one kit, I hate shopping all around for things and piecing it all together, but if I have to I will. I also like rimless tanks, preferably about 5-7 gallons. I just think that I will get somewhat of a tank going, then screw it all up and fail...so can anyone explain how to set one up and the expenses and difficulty? And where can I get some corals? What about substrate? I have a couple Amano shrimps I could out in it to cycle it better if you need to...I just need an easy explanation/ setup guide step by step that's not 28 pages long i can't even understand...sorry if I sound like a bummer right now I just am not sure whether to just give up this and keep up with my FW
hobby...I love the way all these nano reefs look, but putting it altogether is just scary to me! I don't know why! I'm sure some of you were like this, so how did you do it? I'm overreacting way too much I know, but anyone please help? Thanks! Sorry for the novel lol.