So, just wanted to say hey to everyone as I have been reading these forums for a long time as a guest before deciding to registering so I could see all the awesome tank setups.
Im an off and on aquarist, that is to say, when the opportunity arises, I get equipment when I can much to the Mrs' concern. Thankfully I have two little girls, 5 and 1, that love water, love fish and love their freshwater tanks.
I understand that marine vs fresh are two completely different monsters and thus why all the reading and research I have been doing over the past 8 months. I will read and reasearch till I cant see straight before I even attempt to start something like this, and besides, helps build patience and my girls can learn the benefits of research, no matter how much the 5 year old wants to see "nemo" in a tank.
So far, Ill be starting a 30 gallon FOWLR for now. Ill have to do some finaggling for the Mrs. approval to further my purchases here and there but I have an idea.
Ill start with the marco rocks package of 40 pound key largo rock and bahama aragonite sand due to affordability and recommendations
2 circulation pumps, heater and protein skimmer for now
I have the plan set up in my head and on paper and if there are any other suggestions, Im all ears. I dont mind waiting for the cycling to be done, no matter how long the time frame. This will be my learning experience on marine maintenance as I plan to go bigger in the future and use the 30 as a sump/refugium forthe larger tank. When I need to, I have a 15 to utilize as a sump for my 30.
Thank you to everyone for the wealth of information I have learned perusing this site.