I'd like to get some LR
in there, get the tank cycled and going, then maybe add some corals or a fish once I feel comfortable.
I'll definitely need a protein skimmer, and would like to get my own RO
unit as well.
A few more questions:
Assuming I'll have 60-70lbs of rock, do I need mechanical filtration other than a skimmer and maybe a powerhead with a prefilter?
Assuming I can get quality cured LR
, can I just drop it into the tank that is the correct salinity/temperature, or does it need to be acclimated/prepped?
If so, should I still expect to see ammonia/nitrite spikes (will the tank still need to cycle)?
I'd like to keep the possibility of getting a blue spotted jawfish open. Would one do okay with deep aragonite, or do I need a more "rubbly" substrate?
Any input is appreciated,