FIRST 30gallon BUILD
What better way to put this is to say its a build :D
So first things first guys, as already mentioned this is my first saltwater anything. I've done some research I have looked at a couple similar " builds "
Basicly starting from scratch.
30 gallon tank w/ stand. No lights, heater..... nothing :cry:
but hey have to start somewhere. I have a petco and petsmart that was fairly nice but he steered me away from salt water in that store.
Found a real marine/freshwater LFS 25 minutes away....they seem better then petco/smart.... everyone was nice they were more then welcome to help.
I've kinda laid out what I would like to see, a few fish and some colorful coral
LFS said T5 lights are where I want to be and more the better. They sell light fixtures that hold 2 lights and i can fit two fixtures on my tank. ( at extreme ) 4 lights.
I've read a few things and people recommend : ^^^^ lights too... probably 1 fixture to start with 2 lights?
basicly my shopping list.
Aqua C Remora Skimmer Heard it was very good but 160 dollars ;/ eek anything similar but cheaper?
LFS said 1 maybe 2 power heads. 30$ a piece ( if I have 2 do coral like more movement? )
Heater... I have no idea what a good reliable one would be please recommend one decent price.
test supplies. ( have read API? i think was good ) for basics... then a calcium tester ?
sand ? Im just going to get LFS dry sand
Live rock ( DANG 30 lbs in a 30 gallon tank ) LFS is 8$ per LB... is it worth buying online?
Anything else I should consider or take into part. I know you have to let the live rock cure for 4 to 6 weeks
Time is not a issue for me as $ is as it comes along, and I wanna be taught how to properly test the water and what to watch for.
Thanks in advance to everyone.
Well in terms of lights I would go a little more if you will be keeping corals. Yes t-5's are good. You could also use power compact. These are good for LPS corals and softies. I'd recommend halides for SPS with a mix of actinic t-5's or power compacts. As for a heater marineland stealths are very reliable. And for the powerheads it depends on what kind. we need a little more info on what your goal is and what your keeping in the tank to give you the best plan
API tast kits are pretty good for the price and they make a calcium test too.you can start with some base rock and sand then seed it with the expensive live stuffs.
see I dont really have a plan for what livestock I want. Im kinda going to play it by what I find that I like.
I do have a little list. I just need to put together a tank first.
Will keep up to date as I buy stuff
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