My first post so take it easy!!
hey guys, just want to start by saying that I have found and answer to almost every question I've had so far (there's been alot) so thank yo to all the pros and aficionados wanting to share their knowledge with us the rookies of the marine world..
can somebody give me a little bit of feedback on what I am doing and clarify my understanding of things: here's my story..
I set up my tank (250L + 40L sump + hi flow Canister) on the 25 of Jan 08 and placed 10kg of live rock on the first day, two weeks later I added another 10KG of LR
(expensive stuff so slowly but surely), last week I completed adding my last piece (7kg) of LR
and completed forming the shape I wanted.
Q1: my understanding is that patience is the key and I assume that the tank has been maturing even though I have disturb it slightly by adding LR
and rearranging the decor and things, the sand and filtration media has only been cleaned (slightly rinsed) once and I've done 2 water changes since starting (10% each), would I have severely disturbed the maturing process by the slow addition of LR
Q2: last weekend (overnight) I experience a cloudy/milky state to the water which appeared to be clean as there was no obvious impurities floating around even though it was cloudy, ammonia levels were 0 when I first noticed itafter research on this forum I have put it down to a bacterial bloom, I read a little about this and I undertood this in simple terms of not having enough ammonia to feed the bacteria so they die off causing the milky water, this has since cleared up to very clear water though normal filtration, I have also since then placed a dead shrimp in there to cause the ammonia spike and my intension is to wait till ammonia is 0 again before the tank will be ready for fish? has my cause of action been ok (dead shrimp), and is my plan for fish when amonia levels are 0 realistic with the age of the cycle (since late Jan08).
Q3: my intention was to begin with corals and then add fish afterwards but having read some of the topics I realise that the tank maturity is more crucial to corals than it is for fish. is this correct?
and one last question. how do you guys attach new coral to the LR
many thanks in advance..