I'm thinking about getting a salt water aquarium,
I have had a fresh water tank, it was awesome.
Now I think I can move on to salt water aquariums.
I am probably going to get a 30-50 gallon aquarium,
What do you think would be the best fish for me to start out with?
What about honing your skills in water quality management with salt water fish, before moving into the much more critical realm of cephalopod keeping? In any case, cycling your tank is key, so that gives you ample time to consider the options.
I would recommend the largest tank that you can comfortably afford. The moment you get the tank set up, you will be wishing for a larger tank... A 55 gallon would be a nice size to start, you would be able to keep either a small octopus or some S. bandensis in a tank that size. Instead of fish, why don't you get some interesting invertebrates? You could get some shrimp and crabs and a brittle star. That way, you wouldn't have to find a new home for the fish when you acquire your cephalopod.
Yeah, I was Thinking about getting a larger tank.(Around 50 Gallons or so)
And, I've been Reading About S. bandensis....
But, yeah, You gave me a Good Idea On What To Put in the Tank once its Cycled.
The Only Shrimp I've Seen In My LFS Are Ghost Shrimp Though, Augh!
I've been using mollies for cycling for decades. Yes, you can buy the freshwater variety and slowly introduce them to salt. Unlike other hardy fish such as damsels, mollies are easy to catch if you want to remove them, and will not attack a ceph if you leave them in the tank.
You can find them in virtually ever fish store in the world, too,and they are very inexpensive.