I have a 72g reef ready and here is a chronology of events.
02/07 Established tank with fresh water
02/08 Added Salt, live sand etc
02/12 Added about 25lbs live rock and 25 lbs of base rock, both cured.
02/15 Added another 50 lbs of cured fiji premium live rock
02/19 Added three damsels. Blue, Yellow and black.
02/20 Blue damsel was failing. I gave him away to a friend and a day later he died.
Water Paremeters 0 Ammonia, 30 nitrate, .1 nitrite, 8.2 ph
Between 02/20 through 02/28: No casualties. Both damsels have been frolicking all along.
At times they kick each others butt. Other than that they were having a good time.
I feed them a pinch of flakes once every day. I did pwc
twice in between with about 10% of water.
02/24 & 02/25 I tested water with two different lfs
and they said the water parameters are great but suggested to wait for one more week.
This is my fourth week of the cycle and here are today's parameters:
Nitrate <10; Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, ph 8.0, SG
1.023, temp 78.
I want to know how far I am away from my cycle being complete. Some Algae starts showing up and I would like to add some cleanup crew sooner than later. I want to start with a smaller crew and add more later as necessary.
Is this a good list to start?
Red leg hermit crabs 10
Nassarius Snail or Mexican Turbno snail 5
trochus snails 5