My 1st PWC
was a train wreck! I think I got more on the floor/me and everywhere else than in the tank! LOL!
Originally Posted by DreamerTheresa
the guy at the LFS
said that our tank probably wasn't mature enough for sand-burrowing snails yet.
This says something for that guy. He is not just trying to make money off of you. You could probably get maybe 10-20 snails, to start off, they will also eat just about whatever hits the bottom.
I think the firefish would quickly get bullied by damsels, my royal gramma didn't make it through the night.
I don't know if I would add that many fish to the tank at the same time. I would say a safe bet would be 2 maybe 3. Remember, your tank even though it is large, will still need to adjust to the new life. With that, you could probably go with the colwns and maybe rethink the firefish.
As for the salt mix, there is some debate on which is better, what causes what and other issues. I used to use IO, I have algae and cyano
pop up all the time, so I decided to switch Reef Crystals. I have only done 1 PWC
in my 55G, so I don't have much to report at this time. I say, if it is working for you, keep with it.