Me and the wife have decided to take the plunge and start a new first saltwater aquarium. After months of reading and reading and talking to people, and reading some more, we're ready to start.
We got a great deal on the 100g tank not "marine ready" however I don't mind a few tubes hanging off the side. We want to take everything slow, and make sure everything is right, starting it as a FOWLR at first and getting into reef months down the road. We also want to cure our own live rock first to save a little bit of money. Having it be reef down the road I'd like to keep it reef only fish at first etc.
So far we have this for a fish list:
2 Clown Fish (Percula or Ocellaris)
Pacific Blue Tang
Green Mandarin Goby
2 Domino Damsels
3-4 Blue Damsels
Yellow Watchman Goby
Bubble Tip Anemone
Giant Carpet Anemone
Blue Leg Hermit Crab
etc. (haven't finished this list yet, any suggestions would be awesome)
I know both tangs might be aggressive with each other, however it being a decent size tank I'm willing to go for it if I get them in at the same time while they are young.
Equipment: (This is where I'm having trouble right now)
Eshopps Sump and Overflow
Skimmer (not sure)
Powerheads (not sure)
Lighting (some kind of T-5 fixture)
Fluval E Series Heater 300W
Still looking for a good RO filter as well
125-150lbs of dry rock (plus a bit of live rock to start curing)
Live sand (I want to keep it sand on top. Would it be wise or dumb to put a layer of crushed coral underneath the layer of sand. If not, what about a mixture of the two?)
Gonna leave this post as is for now, it's getting long. Just wanted to get some insight on the basic equipment etc.