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Is buying online ok? What are the best stores? I have 2 ocellaris clowns, 1 blenny, 1RBTA, some snails and hermits.29gal 20lb LR 30lb ...
Is buying online ok? What are the best stores? I have 2 ocellaris clowns, 1 blenny, 1RBTA, some snails and hermits.29gal 20lb LR 30lb LS, 30" orbits power compact light, aquaC protein skimmer, Hydro Koralia 1, and a marineland penguin bio wheel200, I want some polyps and mushroom. Is liveaquaria.com a reputable store.
live aquaria is a great place to purchase, as well as marinedepotlive.com and reeftopia.com. I've ordered from all of these and have had much success. Though fish you may want to get from a local pet store as you might have issues with the fish, and ORA sells some things that are tankraised and there are many vendors that sell them such as liveaquaria.com.
i would loose the bio wheel. they are great in freshwater but cause nutrient build up in saltwater. infact i personally would put another hydor 1 on the opposite side facing the other one.
look in your area for a local reefing club. my clubs yearly dues are $12 and we have meetings, group buys, sell/trade corals for fractions of the price, meet people with the same interest, learn constantly and have a good time. its worth looking into.
Filtration will inclue the Live rock and sand you put into the tank, but yes a skimmer will be the main filtration. You may also consider getting a refutium on the system. If you don't see that as an option, then the LR will aid quite a bit and the aquaC is a good skimmer, so it'll be pretty safe without one.
Buying online is fine. The prices are generally cheaper than your LFS and most places offer you a 14 day warrantee on the livestock purchase. The only downsides are the shipping expense (anywhere from $20 - $40), and that fact that your purchase doesn't always look like the picture.
I've dealt with Saltwaterfish, ReefHotSpot, Marinedepotlive and LiveAquaria. I think LiveAquaria is the best.