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
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.