New guy to site,you guys are great, after reading here for a couple of days I feel like I ate my ice cream to fast,BRAIN FREEZE!!. I had a 55gal(fresh) tank for about 6 years then when my 5-9"-11" ID sharks completely destroyed my tank, I give them to a local aquarium buddy who had a larger tank and shut my tank down. I always wanted a sw tank so now 10 years later here I am. I have a few start up questions and your help would be greatly appreciated.
1-My tank is just far enough from the wall for my hoses to clear with out touching the wall(background already on) so my skimmer will have to go on the end of the tank is there any potential problem you can see with this
2-How do you place your live rock without touching the back glass of the tank and yet still keep your main reef slope forward.
3-I may have made my first screwup already. The LPS that has a lot of nice saltwater setups and supplies told me to use crushed coral for my substrate and the concises on this site seems to be sand. Should I throw away my $75 worth of cc and switch to sand.
I am in no hurry to get fish in this tank, I want to take my time and do it right. The tank has been up and running with the cc for a week and I will have 60lbs of live rock tomorrow. This is my learning tank and I would like to accomplish what ever is possiple in this tank coral,annomies,fish with the hope of gaining enough knowledge for a 150-175gal setup in my basement reckroom 3-4 years from now.
Appreciate any help,Thanks,Rob.