Originally Posted by fishlips12
Can I get away with the smaller pack for a 35 tank that only has half this amount? My fear is that the critters do too good of job and their population will exceed the amount of food that is left for them.
That is exactly what you should consider when choosing animals to keep the tank clean. Adding more animals than the tank can properly support will just end up with many empty shells. Personally, I would suggest more snails and less hermits. A good amount of nassarius, cerith and nerites will make hermits unneccessary believe it or not. Starting with half the suggested amount is safer and can always be added to later.
Also am I correct in adding this package once the tank is truly cycled or can it be done prior to ?
True, waiting until the tank is properly cycled is the best time to add any animals. While there are still indications of NH4
, there should be no animal addtions.