Originally Posted by bettasaur
Yikes. This is a lot more work than I thought! Haha. It's so worth it though. :) home of my friends suggested trying out a cichlid tank before jumping right into a full saltwater tank. Suggestions/experience?
SW is really not as hard as its made out to be. 30g tank starter and your in good shape. Regardless what you read from others here, which can be misleading. With a 30g you won't need a skimmer, providing you do weekly water changes and watch the water parameters really well. If you plan on keeping Corals, you will need to use RO/DI water with 0 TDS. You will need 20x the water volume in powerheads, or water movement. Filters return water does not count as water movement. So a 30g tank would need 600gph in water movement. A good T-5 4 lamp unit will allow yoiu to keep any coral yoiu wish to keep. And contrary to what you've read already, a clown fish does not need an Anemone to survive. You'll need a 2" Sand bed, 40-50lbs of Live Rock or Macro Rock. A Rrefractometer to measure Salinity. A heater rated for a 30g tank will suffice. A sump is a good thing to have, but not a necessity, same with a Skimmer. Down the line in the future, if you are unable to keep the water parameters in check with water changes, you will be getting a Skimmer that is rated at twice your water volume. Instant Ocean for your salt mix. Off we go.
Lil more difficult than FW to set up, but after that, its about the same.