Thanks everyone for all the input on this! My tank has finished cycling since I first started this thread.
Water readings are: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 20, pH 8.1, sg
1.023-4, temp 79.
I have 70 pounds of lr
.com live and base rock, with these surviving hitchhikers:
a couple of unidentified small crabs,
two spiky purplish urchins (I assume these guys are OK, ?)
lots of wormy things now in the sand,
a few small feather dusters,
and a half dozen or so of the dreaded aiptasia.
Wildlife added a couple of weeks ago by me:
One gorgeous coral banded shrimp
One amazing serpent sea star
assorted hermit crabs and snails.
two little emerald crabs
And, I have ordered my first fish, a pair of banggai cardinalfish, which I hope will be shipped tomorrow. It's been a long time coming, but I may get real fish this week!!
Lots of thanks to everyone on this forum....both for answering my specific questions, and also for letting me read everyone else's questions and answers!!!
, the "search" feature is fantastic!! Lots of info from long ago to be found!