I mixed 10 gallons (thats all publix had!) of salt water (DI
water and Red Sea Coral Pro Salt) up to about 1.024. Poured it over the sand into the tank (plastic bags on top of sand). At first, things were going pretty well with avoiding the milking effect, but then it just became a lost cause. Oh well.
Now there is this foam stuff all over the surface of the water. I did some water tests and everything was at zero with PH being 8.4 ( I guess, 8.4 and 8.8 look really close). Any idea what this is? Looks just like the stuff at the beach, except its completely white. I imagine this is the calcium carbonate micro particulate matter. Since there is no ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate all is fine. (Right?).
Now if this sand is alive, might it begin to produce some ammonia tomorrow from die off? I will fill up the rest of the tank tomorrow with more DI
water +salt mix. (Still dont have my RO
system yet, but its on its way).
Should I attempt to start a cycle now? Might I add some pure ammonia to the water? (from the grocery store)
At this point, what should I be doing? When do partial water changes start? (Should they start once the cycle is done?).
Thanks guys! Im on my way!