Alright been doing my research for awhile now and have most of my equipment on the way but still have just a few more questions to hopefully get everything right.
My setup (FOWLR
80 lbs of argonite sand
40 lbs base rock and 40 lbs live rock from liverocks.com
AquaC Remora skimmer (with a maxi 1200)
2 Maxijet 1200s
Ebo-Jager Heater 200 Watt
Alright now for my last minute questions:
My tank came with 2 24" hoods (although 18" lights). I bought 2 50/50 lights for my hood but 15 watts is the max they come in. Is this going to be enough lighting for my system? I hear you can use NO
lighting for FOWLR
but will these lights be strong enough?
40 lbs of base and 40 lbs of live, I know it will probably take awhile for base rock to seed (like a 5-6 months?) but do I need to wait for it to seed before I add fish?
I also was thinking about adding so LS
to top of the amount of sand I am putting in there. (about 15-20 lbs)
Now onto my questions with cycling:
I've read good things about the prawn/raw shrimp method. My questions is when I cycle with this method should I wait to add the LS
in until afterwards so I can avoid as much die off as possible? Or should I maybe cycle with the LS
but not the LR
? As I mentioned above I am getting my LR
from liverocks.com and hear there is little to no die off if that affects the process at all.
Also, what should be running during the cycling process? I know my PHs should be and I usually hear not to do lights and that the skimmer won't have much to skim but can be "broken" in during this time.
for all your helpful advice.