Originally Posted by Pasfur
I'm sorry. Is my tone a little direct tonight? Not trying to be. Maybe i need a drink.
+1 Pasfur. I made the switch from fresh to salt and spent twice as much fixing that mistake!
I bought a canister filter for my saltwater tank: took it off five months later, after nitrates were out of control.
I bought crushed coral that I had to scoop out of my tank after I learned that Live Sand was the way to go (two weeks after I filled the tank)
Bought a 46 gallon bow that was NOT reef ready, and had to spend another $140 on an overflow box as an afterthought.
The single bulb flourescent I bought was proceded by TWO different light fixtures, each one over three hundred dollars (apiece!)
I figure that I spent about $1000-$1500 for my ignorance. I hope that anyone making the transition from fresh just purges most of the knowledge they have of fishkeeping, and not make the same mistakes.
Buy a good Skimmer, a good light (even if not for corals, just to brighten up the fish, and in case you do corals...), lots of Live Rock, and Live Sand. And make sure you use a good salt mix. I use Instant Ocean.
Welcome to Saltwater.