I have a not yet cycled 55gal with coral gravel and 5 lbs of LR
. There are 3 damsels, to sally light foots and a hermit in the tank.
Here is what I was thinking.
Buy a 10gal (which I will need for a QT
down the road anyway). Remvoe water from my 55 and put it in the 10 and put my livestock in there. Then I would remove the coral gravel and replace it with live sand. After all the sand settles I would cycle with shrimp. Then replace my livestock back to the 55.
Now the questions.
Is all this necessary? I don't want to add sand to the tank with the livestock in there because I am afraid the sand my get in their gills.
Can I take out the fish long enough to add the sand? Should they not be in with a decaying shrimp? I'm thinking the ammonia would definately kill them.
I was going to use play sand and out LS
on top of that. How much LS
would would be good for seeding play sand in a 55gal?
I don't like asking so many questions, but I want to do this right. Last thing I want to do is waste money and worse yet kill my animals.