OK, here's what I plant to do, I'm just not sure about the timing of it all
New 38g tank, PC
3" sand bed (20lbs Live Sand, 60lbs Dead Sand)
Dead Shrimp method, Tank get's cycled..
Now then, assuming I have some LR
hitchhikers (and they're good ones not Mantis shrimp or anything) ...
When do I add it? If I have LS
do I need it? How long will they live in the sand if there's no fish producing crap for them to feed on?
This is crabs, shrimps and snails right? I assume the snails can subsist on algae, but what will the shrimps eat?
Do I have that in the correct order, Detritivores then Cleanup crew?
How long can this little eco-system run before I add fish? I would prefer to wait for several months to be sure everything is stable, but I'm not sure if leaving out the fish for too long is a good or bad idea.