I have a 55 gallon tank with just a skimmer and a power head(circulating the salt mix) and I am wondering if it would be smart to downgrade the tank since I don't have the $800 I need to start it(light and rock i have everything else I would possibly need. I was thinking to like a 20-30 gallon tank so the lighting i need would be cheaper than $400....and the live rock to start it would be only $150 compared to $400 right now.
Is it a smart idea to downgrade to a 20-30 gallon tank?
Could I use the 55 gallon as a quarantine(probably half full with the sponge filter)?
How much would lighting cost for it?(I want Zoas, Hammers, mushrooms, maybe others when I see them)
Would I be able to have Jawfish, 2 clownfish, and a blenny or firefish?
And don't worry I have all the test kits I need, 80 pounds of sand, 60 pounds of dry rock(prob use 20 at most over the amount of time), Power head, Protein skimmer, a heater(I would keep it in the 55 gallon and use the tank as quarantine and then turn it into a fresh water), and a bunch of other stuff.
Anything I missed please point out to me and I know the difficulty of this like water evaporation and I am ready for the work.