Ok, so here's where I'm at. I've got a 16 gallon main tank with an overflow down to a 20 gallon refugium. The fuge was supposed to be 16 gallons like the main tank, but I made some arithmetic mistakes and it's too late to change it now... lol
Anyways, I have a variable flow pump on the way that's supposed to be 0-200Gal/hr. I have a bunch of live sand, a bunch of dead sand and a bunch of crushed coral. I plan on mixing it to use as substrate for both tanks. I figured the mixture would be a lot more 'reef-like' than just all of one or the other. I haven't got the protein skimmer yet, I'm going to wait and test the water to see what I get out of it. Some say I'll need it, some say I wont... I'll let the test kit tell me.
I'm going to fill the tank and let the plumbing run for about a week once I get the pump to test it, but after that I plan on getting some live rock, plants for the fuge, snails, crabs, and eventually fish.
Should I put the live rock in and let it run for a while before I put in the plants? What plants should I get? This is a visible tank so I want them to be relatively cool looking plants.
When should I put in the clean up guys? and what should I get for each tank and how many?
I have no idea what fish I'm going to get. The only ones that I've seen that I definitely would like to get were labeled "Blue Devil" at the LFS
. But I dunno if they are good fish or not.