I am in the process of doing research on setting up a 29G formally freshwater tank into a saltwater.
I have 40lb's of dry Marco reef rock and will be getting live rock in the near future. The tank is not setup yet.
I have a 50gpd RO/DI unit in the mail and will be using that once it arrives to fill the tank.
I have 2 Koralia powerheads, one at 425gph, the other at 750gph. Lighting is a QUAD T5HO with 2x10K and 2 actinic and 2 night blue leds.
I have a VISI Jet Protein skimmer, given to me for free and will be using that until I can get a Coralife 65G needle wheel (better than nothing for now)
I am looking at a shallow bed, about 1".
Stock initially will be 2 clownfish (for my kids), 1 royal gamma plus a CUC.
In the future once the tank has matured, I will be getting into corals and I know the lights are capable of keeping them.
So, is this sand bed a decent size? I read 1" or between 4-6" as being ideal.
How much quality live rock should I buy to help seed the dry rock.
I believe that about 16 pounds of live sand should achieve a 1" sand bed, so will be ordering a 20lb bag.
I have a 180g freshwater tank and know about the cycle process and will not be adding anything until that completes and then wait 1-2 weeks after that. (adding the CUC before the fish)
Are the powerheads that I have too powerful for the fish I intend on keeping, I know in the future they will probably be needed once I get into corals etc.
Sump, I am going to setup later, right now the tank (20G is being used as a fry tank for my freshwater, may buy another one for the sump). Once I set the sump up, how much sand/live rock should I put in the refugium section? (looking at keeping pods and chaeto) in there.
Sorry for the long post but I want to make sure I am heading in the right direction before doing this....research, research and research