Good to hear about the mollies
If you start QTing the first fish when the tank has no detectable ammonia and the nitrites are on the way down, some 4 weeks later both the tank and the now properly QT'd first fish should be ready to go.
Stocking suggestions are many and choices still very high for a 46 gal
tank. I would just steer clear of large growing fish. >>Here
<< is a decent site that includes some species info as well as loose info on care/aggression ratings. I would suggest putting together a sort of wish list
and post it once you've decided and I'm sure the members of AA would gladly offer some further assistance.
Originally Posted by astride13
I would start bumping up the ph
if you have live rock.
In a newly cycling tank, this is really nothing to be greatly concerned with. The decay and die off produced will greatly increase the natural acids and the CO2
levels in the tank. Adjusting them at this point would really be putting the cart before the horse. If this is uncured "raw" LR
, then you could employ some small water changes to control the levels a bit better and preserve as much life as possible. If pre-cured LR
, I would leave well enough alone as the ph
will come back up as the cycle progresses.