I have an interset in saltwater tanks, but they seem so confusing to me. I've read a lot of info on them, but I can't seem to get anything definite. I was hoping maybe I could get some straight answers from you guys!
I don't have any room in my apt for another large tank setup. I have a 10g that currently has some baby zebras in it, but I think I would like to convert the tank into a saltwater tank.
I know 10g is small, so I would like to do a "nano" reef setup.
Here is what I think I know:
I'd purchase the aragonite-alive substrate and approx 10 pounds of Fiji live rock. I'd put the live rock in the tank, and then put in the substrate.
The next part, the salt-water, is what confuses me.
How do you make the salt water? I've seen all those mixes, and know that you have to make the salinity a certain point and you use a hydrometer to do that. But what do you mix the salt-mixes with? Do you use tap-water? I've seen all the RO units, but I don't understand how those work, do they pump water into a temporary container or something?
Also, what would I use as a filter? I've seen so many options for salt-water tanks, with protein skimmers and all that. Are the filter / protein skimmer combos good? Which one would be good for a 10g?
I assume the water chemistry is the same regarding ammonia, nitrites and nitrates (that you don't want them.)
How would you clean the tank? Would you just suck out some water like normal, and then put pre-mixed salt water back in?
I guess my main question is how do to water changes and how to mix the salt water.
My ideal tank, as I see it, would be one or two clown fish, a small anemone, and a few small soft corals. I'd like it to be very easy to maintain (relative to salt water tanks.)
What kind of lighting would I need? What purpose does the actnic bulbs serve?
I'm sorry for so many questions ...
I would appreciate any answers you guys have!