I have a few tanks. They are two 10 gallons, one 15 gallon, a 29 gallon, and a 55 gallon. The smaller ones house Betta's, the larger ones house more Betta's :P With some bottom feeders and shrimp. All the tanks are planted.
I am planning to turn the 29 into a saltwater in the next few years after my current fish bite the dust. In the past I have kept angel fish and black ghost knifes, not saltwater, but I consider the BGK a pretty sensitive FW fish, I have had amazing success with them.
I understand that the recommended tank size for a saltwater is a 55 gallon, but I just want to start with a 29 gallon because I do not want to put thousands into a 55 if it fails. This will be my only salt tank, I plan to stay fresh with the rest of them.
I also know that there are few fish I can put in a 29 gallon because of the size and because the levels are harder to keep good in smaller tanks. I am planning on keeping live rock with maybe a few mushrooms.
Now I need some help here:
-I am looking at buying a RO/DI system to make tap water safe for the aquarium. Any recommendations? I have no idea really what it is. But I know that tap water is not safe for the aquarium. If conditioner is important, I will use Prime for the water.
-Right now I have a 30 gallon filter on the 29 gallon. I'm going to upgrade to a 70 aquaclear. Does that sound OK?
-I plan on throwing a large raw shrimp in the 29 to help cycle. I will cycling for no less that 2 months. Tips?
-Is live sand needed? I have pool filter sand in all of my aquariums right now, will that be suitable?
-Heater will be an Aqueon Pro. Does a 100 watt sound good? I have a 150 in my 55 gallon.
-Testing kit will be a API saltwater master kit. I have a freshwater one in all of my aquariums. Good?
-Instant Ocean for salt?
-How many water changes per week and how big?
- I am looking for things that are hardy.
- I love blennies. Any that are hardy and will go good in a 29 gallon? What do I feed if they can go in there?
- Looking for fish that are non-aggressive. I do not mind having only 2 or 3 in there. 1 is also a option.
- What mushrooms do you recommend for the tank? Will be added after cycle.
-What lighting is needed for mushrooms and everything else? Watts and Kelvin suggestions are needed :P
- I plan on ordering off of amazon because I have not heard of any sites that are good with shipping lights. If you have any sites that are good, I will order off of those!
I know this is long, but I really need to know everything! I want this to be a good tank.
I plan on starting to save up for everything now. I know it will be expensive, but I am committed to it.