Ok so a few questions here. you guys have probably heard these before and I checked some of the previous posts to make sure I couldn't find any information before posting.
I am going to start a 40g Long or something similar (whatever I find close to that size this weekend at the pet stores) and didn't know if I am supposed to put the live rock in the tank while it is cycling right away or wait first? I plan on using some already cured straight from an established SW
probably 10 pounds or so just to get started.
Also I am not to savvy with the RO DI
water concept yet. Can I use regular DI
water I buy in the containers from WM or a grocery store to get started with the cycling? Im sure RO DI
is better but will this work? I know people have told me to buy a unit off ebay you can get one from like 150 shipped but I was hoping to just buy the water first and take that plunge later. I also was planning on using my 10g as a quar. tank and also extra water source for water changes. If I dont keep any fish and just a few pounds of LR
and heater on it can I just use that water that I am preparing in the 10g as a source for when I do my water changes? ie drain the needed ammount from the 40g dispose and use the 10g water to replace with btw the 10g is already up and running. thanks for any info
Sorry one more thing I have only had FW
and when I do water changes with it I just use my gravel vac to suck the waste out and also about 10-20 gallons of water then replace it. is that the same concept with water changes for salt? Ofcourse I would use the special water for salt though. sorry if these are dumb questions