Sounds like maybe I should go with the BIonic then since I'm a newb.
Oh Ive got patience, just trying to gain all the knowledge I can BEFORE its needed to be put into use
Good point on the 90 and 75 gallon tanks, I hadnt considered that, thanks. And Im with you on the crabs, my LFS doesnt stock hermits only Emerald Crabs. I was thinking starting with Astrea and Nassarius snails, but only when the time is right, so another 4 weeks away or so. As we all know LFS are all about making sales, thats why I wanted opinions from experienced members.
Same with the lights, Im not in a hurry just trying to gather information. I think Ive decided on that last light I posted but I dont have the money for it yet and am in no hurry to get it. I want a stable tank before considering any corals.
I would like to save money on rock and buy 25lbs of Key Largo rock but dont really like the idea of having to wait 3-6 months for it to blend in with the rest of my rock! I know patience is key...what would you guys do? If I go with just live rock I will probably add 10lbs at a time, 2 different times until I have 29lbs of rock. My LFS sells it for $8/lb.
So right now Im worried that I dont have enough live rock to get started with having only 9lbs.
Here is my checklist of things to buy right now, in order of intended purchases, help me out if you think I should change anything.
1) Better Alkalinity test, Calcium and Phosphate test and BIonic
2) 10lbs more live rock
3) HOB overflow and sump
4) Protein Skimmer
My current Alkalinity test with the Red Sea Marine Lab shows test results like this,
-Low 0 - 1.6
-Normal 1.7 - 2.8
-High 2.9 - 3.6
I see others posting Alk test in dKH?!? What am I missing here? I know thats Carbonate Hardness but whats the difference? I dont particularly want to buy another whole kit right now since I can effectively test Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and pH with what I have but I do need to be able to test Alkalinity properly as well as Calcium so I can adjust as needed to support Coraline Algae growth.
Once again, thanks for any and all help folks! Cheers