Best way to start?
What would be the best way for someone who has never had a saltwater tank begin. I'm looking for suggestions on what would be the best tank, size, and most cost efficient.
15lbs Live Rock
30lbs Base Rock
2 250gph power heads
1- Coralife Super Skimmer 65g
Live Sand- enough for 2-3" filling the bottom
T-5 HO 3 or 4 lamp fixture
1- Reef Master water test kit
And I believe your off and running.
you could very well use a used tank, but some new scratch free glass is always nice.
IMO 40 breeders and 75 gallon tanks have a nice foot print. i just suggest avoiding skinny tanks like 55 gallons as these are harder to place your rock work. i also suggest less then 1 inch of sand or 5 to 6 inches of level sand.
1 RO/DI water filter
1 bucket of salt mix
1 (or 2) 20 gallon brute trash cans for fresh RO and saltwater mixing
Heaters ( for tank and mixing water )
1 extra powerhead for mixing water
Liquid test kits for alk, cal, and mag
Liquid dosing supplements for alk, cal and mag
Sounds good. I was originally looking a a biocube 29 mainly because i wanted to start small. I didn't see anyone recommend a sump. Is that not needed? Also, what about a chiller and a genrerate incase power goes out? One other thing, I have no where to store a 20gal trash can, can I stir the salt into water by hand in a couple gallon buckets?
Thank for the feedback,
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