I've been an aquarist for more than a decade (on and off) and it's been a long while since I've been contemplating on setting up a salty tank... The multi-thousand $$$ dollar cost including electric bills kept me away from dipping my feet into salt waters. However after seeing those lovely nano tanks and the development of different light technology I was tempted to start my first ever salt water aquarium.
I have learnt that it is a very long process and takes a lot of patience, (I thought I was patient enough to keep a successful planted/discus tank) so I thought I would start small and accumulate as much as hardware as I could.... (Now my 57G rimless tank is in the brink of conversion into this project) .
I have started cycling my 20G tank with an old Coralife CF fixture, all I have is about 15lbs of dead rock, a heater and a couple of power heads. Initially I was thinking of starting a BB tank, but since I'm not putting any filtration I will shab and maybe start with a shallow sand bed or maybe a DSB when able. I'm planning to house a couple of Clowns and some softies as special request by my kids to awaken their interest in this hobby... I need to find allies just in case my wife veto my plans .
I would like to thank fellow BCA members that convinced me to take into the plunged. If you have comments and suggestions please feel free to do so, I'm a complete Green in this.
Tank: 20G Breeder Tank
Lighting: Coral Life Aqualight 65W x 2 Power Compact Florescent
Filter: AquaClear HOB filter, 15lb Rocks, Sand
Salt: Reef Crystals (Instant Ocean)
WC: 10% Every Week
Photo Period: 12 hrs.
Fish: Ocellaris Clown, Bi-color Blenny
Inverts: Fire Red Shrimp, Hermit Cra
Corals: 1 Pulsing Xenia, 1 Hammer, 1 Frog Spawn, Hairy Mushrooms (1 Colony), Green Star Polyps, Zoas
Cleanup Crews: 4 Nerite snails, 4 Asterea snails, 1 Turbo Snail, 1 Red-legged Hermit Crab
20G tank (old tank): $0 (I can get one for $20 brand new)
Light Fixture: $30 (used)
10lb Dead Rock (Marco): $60 (I could have done a DIY rock to reduce the cost)
Live Rock (to seed): $20 (From SeaHorse Fanatic)
HOB filter (old stuff): $0 (utiizing my old stuffs)
Powerhead (old stuff): $0 (get used ones maybe $5 from fellow members here)
Reef Crystal: $15
Pulsing Xenia/zoa: $20 (from fellow BCAer)
Fuzzy mushroom $25
GSP/zoa $20 (from Scott)
Cleanup crew $20 from J&L
Clown fish $20
Bi-color Blenny $17
Red Fire Shrimp $20