Ok, I have been keeping freshwater fish for about a year now, I have a 40gal with angelfish, and a 55gal with discus. both tanks very stable and healthy.
I want to start a new saltwater tank, fish only with live rock, but I am unsure about the basic equipment that I would need to purchase.
I am thinking of a tank around 55gallons.
would I need to setup a sump? and does that depend on how much live rock I add to the tank?
How much live rock? live rock with sump?
live sand? if I can even find it......
I am pretty sure that I'd need a protein skimmer, do you recommend venturi or air driven? or is the answer always venturi unless I can't afford it?
Lighting- just flourescent because I am not doing corals - right?
water - would I need to get set up with an RO unit or deionizer type unit or is tap water good enough? and does that depend on the tap water?
I am posting this here because I am having a hard time finding these basic answers on the internet, and I live in Japan with the military, so it makes it hard to ask the shop keepers here questions.
I have learned alot through trial and error with my freshwater fish, but I know that most saltwater fish are wild caught, and I don't want to play that game with this tank.
thanks for all your help!