I'm doing some research into the hobby and am thinking of jumping in soon. I've never had a tank of any kind before, but would much rather keep salt water than messing around with fresh to get my feet wet. I have a friend that's into the hobby that's answered some basic question for me, but I've learned most of the little I know from the web. I also ordered "The New Marine Aquarium: Step-By-Step Setup & Stocking Guide".
I'm thinking of getting a 30 gal tank for starters. I'm thinking I'm going to stock it with about 50 pounds of live rock. My friend suggested a canister filter, but it seems like sumps are preferred by most advice I've seen on the web. I don't want to get into corals right away, but I'd like to leave that avenue open for the future
I haven't bought anything yet - just learning all I can. At this point, I'm just looking for some advice on what to read and what to consider as an absolute beginner.
Any help is greatly appreciated.