I recently setup my first saltwater aquarium (29 gal
) on december 26th, i have 23 pounds of pre cured live rock and 20 pounds of live sand. I tested after one week and my ammonia and nitrite read zero. I tested a couple days later and got the same results. The tank is growing diatoms on the sand and some of the rock, and looks like there is some dead material or algae on the sand unless its just fury diatom balls. I'm just wondering if my tank had a quick cycle or if it hasn't started the cycle yet because i've heard some people's tanks cycled very fast with live sand and rock. Do you think i should wait a week and see?
If you do think it's cycled what fish should i add first, Im thinking of clownfish first. My stocking list is:
2 ocellaris clowns
1 bangaii cardinalfish or yellow watchman goby
1 yellow headed jawfish
hermit crabs and snails
Some few additional questions:
Are snails and hermit crabs hardy? When would you recommend adding them?
Can you give me an order of adding the fish i want?
Are jawfish easy to keep? how deep a sandbed for them?
Are they a pain to feed?
Will the yellow goby have a problem with the jawfish?
please recommend some other cool peaceful fish that are easy to keep, I like blennys.