Question 1st Saltwater Tank

stella1979

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perfect, thank you so much. Anything I else i need to know/buy?
There is so much to know/learn... always, because the hobby is constantly evolving and there are so, SO many aspects to it. I'm not great with expanding on general questions so I highly suggest reading these.
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/starting-a-saltwater-aquarium-part-1-where-to-start-research.118422/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/starting-a-saltwater-aquarium-part-2-bringing-nature-home-researching-equipment.119039/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/starting-a-saltwater-aquarium-part-3-designing-setting-up-and-running-your-system.120421/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/narts-budget-nano-saltwater-guide-for-beginners.327674/

Then, return here with more specific questions.

There is no doubt that anemones can hurt/harass/kill 'things' but really, this isn't the first thing most of us would say about them because the simple fact is... much more often they are a pleasure to keep, and when done right, are not the huge danger this trait makes them seem to be. Quite honestly, ALL of our critters are predators of some sort or another or how would they survive? Personally, I've got warfare going on between several corals. For example, Leptastrea is getting to my Birdsnest and Trumpets can sting my Monti... but it is up to me, the aquarist, to intervene when and if the danger is too great. The difference is, anemones can move, but they aren't generally Speedy Gonzalez, so even in these cases, we may do what we can to protect a tank. Such as, lowering the flow and sticking the 'unstuck' anemone into a nice crevice where other corals might be safe, and with knowledge backing us up, we can make the educated guess that the nem might like the lighting and flow in that area and what nem doesn't like a nice crevice in which to secure his mighty foot? Hopefully, this post will change the feeling of dread some may have about nems but... I found it. If anyone wants to see a GORGEOUS reef tank with healthy corals and BEAUTIFUL RBTA's (rose bubble tip nems), well, allow me to take you to our leader. Here's @Mike 's prime example of a reef tank.
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/media/albums/august-2013-corals.5144/
 
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I definitely want a reef tank. After seeing those pictures, I was like 'and why am I not doing this?'
Where could I get a pre-drilled tank? Is craigslist a good option?
 

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I definitely want a reef tank. After seeing those pictures, I was like 'and why am I not doing this?'
Where could I get a pre-drilled tank? Is craigslist a good option?
Either Craigslist or see if your LFS deals with used setups. A used reef ready setup would save you lots of money (I went this route with my 90 gallon, my LFS found the setup for me). Be sure to check for scratches and leaks though. You don't want a tank that looks like this:

 

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Do I need live rock and live sand, or could I just have live rock and regular sand?
Most people start of with dry reef rock and sand but it is acceptable to use live rock if you take the proper precautions but I recommend going with dry rock since it really is the safest way for a beginner to start a tank.
 

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I know nothing about saltwater but can’t wait to see how it turns out
 

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It seems like it’s fine sand you may want something that looks like sand but won’t blow around as easy the aragonite is a bigger grain size which is good if you want to a move towards an sps dominant tank later on
 
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