So I came across this rock pool on the coastline next to a reef in Durban, South Africa. I initially went fishing for Shad just for sport but soon found a pool just standing there full of 1-2 inch reef fish. I did see some sort of fancy eel (1) kind of thing with a very fancy swim and lots of scooters in shallow puddles on the rocks. There were some sort of wrasse (2) and a vertically striped fish (3 of them yellow with gray/black stripes) that looks similar to a tang except with a more angled head(almost triangle). Then there was a purple fish with a yellow triangle on it's body and finally an orange 1/2 inch rust colored,coin shaped long nose fish with a white spot on its body.
I hooked a palm sized fish which was red in color with white spots along its body and tail. I put it in the pool and in just sat at the bottom. My dad also hooked a tiger looking fish. Orange with black stripes.
I was so excited and just wanted a marine tank so badly!
I returned a few hours later in hopes of netting them but no success. They were just too fast for a net and bolted under rocks where my net could not go.
I returned the next day to find smaller pools around full of similar fish. I decided not to net or make any attempt to catch these fish. I was happy that I now knew where this reef was.
I researched fish traps and found stuff that worked which were made from 2L bottles and nothing more. If I only knew 3 days ago......
I currently have a 2ft glass tank, with a 14W cool white CFL light, aquarium sand, Resun cs-400 internal power filter (with carbon) and a 100w glass heater, 2 piece shipwreck, pillars and slate ornament.
What do I need to convert this current freshwater setup to a saltwater setup to house at least 6 of the above mentioned fish I found?
I know nothing about marine tanks or fish for that matter. I am intimidated by equipment I know nothing about like protein skimmers???
If I add aquarium salt to my currently cycled tank, can I add 6 marine fish to it?
The only thing I know would change is the food. I already have a supplier for krill and sardine and probably will get pellets too.
I really want to learn about saltwater aquariums. I think I'm growing out of the freshwater scene.
Can somebody please help?