All in all I would say you have a fairly well laid plan
Originally Posted by banzai75x
(Do I need to scrub rocks daily?)
No, it would really depend on the amount of sponges, plants and other dieing matter left on the rock if completely uncured. If the rock has for the most part no obvious decaying matter, then it should be fine left alone.
1. Do I need to replace 50% water?
1. Do I need to replace 50% water again?
No too both questions. Water changes should not be done until after the cycle has completed. Changing the water will only deplete the necessary food sources for the growth of the bacteria and prolong the cycle. If anything, run a skimmer to remove the excess DOC
from the LR
When nitrate and ammonia levels are zero, perform 50% water change. After 24 hours, check the pH of the water and adjust as needed to achieve the desired level of 8.1-8.4
Even though the NH4
are zero, I would wait another week to allow the NO3
to come down a bit on it's own and then perform a 25% water change. IME
, the 50% is not necessary.
Q: Add clean up crew towards end of cycling process or when what occurs?
Once the NH4
are eliminated naturally and the NO3
is at a safe level, the "clean up" crew can be safely added. I would urge you to drip acclimate
them into the system. It will reduce the chances of deaths.