Since a nano cube seems like too much work for a SW beginner I decided to go with a 46 gallon bow for my introductory SW tank. I got the tank, stand, hood and a compact 2 bulb 36" T5 light kit delivered for $150.00 from somebody in our local reef club. I purchased a RHS-10ATC refractometer as I wasn't too happy with the deep 6 salinity meter.
I would like to do a hang on protein skimmer and hang on filter. Any recommendations? I want to avoid drilling this tank if at all possible.
I also would like a recommendation for a good heater for this size tank.
Any recommendations on which power heads to buy and how many I need?
How much live rock/sand will I need once I acquire all of the other equipment I need.
Is an API marine master test kit good enough? What other test kits should I get?
Is a 12G nano (once I get the light fixed) a decent quarantine/hospital tank?
Once I get all the equipment and start the cycling process I will start asking questions about stocking lists.