So I am new and I have thought about getting a saltwater tank but I do not really have the time for one. If I did I would buy a 20 gallon and have liverock,sand and clownfish. But how does the water work exactly? Do you just add aquarium salt? It confuses me.
30 gallons is minimum for starting one. I don't know much about saltwater but you are not ready yet. I suggest a lot more research and its more then adding salt.
You guys aren't completely wrong... yes, more research is needed, and equipment is generally more expensive on the salty side, but a 20 gallon long is a perfect starter Saltwater tank, and a fish only build can be done for much less than $1000. I would kindly ask that if you are unsure of your information, that you not scare people away from the wonderful world of saltwater. Thanks!I'm guessing your not going to want to spend thousands of dollars on your aquarium, so their is no real way to keep a low maintenace salt water aquarium with out prior experience. Don't get me wrong, their are low maintenace ones out their, but these are maintained by experts or high tech systems to do the work.
If you do decide to go on and do put work into your aquarium...salt is added to the water using a salinity checker which measures the salinity in the water. Normaling, saltwater aquariums are around 1.026 parts salt.
I set up a 55 gallon reef tank with 10 gallon sump for way less than that.
55g tank and stand $60 used
10g sump $10
Bag of live sand $25
10 lbs live rocks $50
Used skimmer $30
2 power heads $30
1 circ pump $20 amazon
165watt led light $75 amazon.
$60 home depot sump return pump.
About $10 in pvc stuff for plumbing
$7 bag of red lava rock for sump filtration.
Fill up the tank. Plug it all in. Rock n roll.
5 gal bucket of salt was $100 but you don't need that really. You can buy water or a smaller salt tub.
$30 reef test kit.
As for my live rock, I only have one 2" timor wrasse and some frags but I should probably get some more rock lol