I had received a 30gal tank and I currently have a freshwater Ann and think I have that well under control so I decided to make the 30 gal saltwater. Currently I am in th beginning stages. I washed all the sand and put it into my tank. And that's where im at. It took almost 4 and a half hours to clean the sand which was a Project in itself as I currently live in an apartment with limited space to do so. The questions I have are how do i properly mix the salt with the water? Do I do it in the tank or in a Separate bucket? Which protein skimmer to buy? How long do I wait before I put the fish in? I just am very nervous to mess up and end up with dead fish and am looking for a guiding hand for the process. Any advice or help in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.