Here's my story:
Six weeks ago I set up my 75 gallon tank and threw in a shrimp. Ammonia and nitrite started to go up, then got a little nitrate. Ammonia and nitrite started to com down slowly, then seemed to get stuck. (Sorry I didn't keep those early numbers, but they never got very high.)
Ten days ago, I added live rock from lr
Finally built up some nitrate, up to 20 ppm
, where it is now. Over the last week, ammonia has dropped from 1.0 ppm
to 0. (Yay!) Nitrite has fallen from 0.50 to barely a trace. PH
is 8.0. Is it safe to put in a clean-up crew at this point? Am I correct in assuming that most of you put in the clean-up crew before any fish?
How do you all decide on a clean-up crew? If it's OK now, should I just go to somewhere like saltwaterfish.com and order a pre-made package? Or does anyone have better suggestions for custom-picked critters? I'd like some of you with some experience to please give suggestions!