Hi, I am a newbie with salt water tank and may I say how informative your forum is. I have learned so much from the communications.
I am in the middle of a conversion from a fresh water tank to salt water tank and have several questions with regards to cycling the tank.
I intend to reuse my equipment from the fresh water setup such as the canister filter. If I do it correctly, I should be able to preserve the good bacteria in the filter and hopefully reduce my cycle period. Is my assumption correct here?
Secondly, I want to introduce some live rocks from the start of the cycling. Is this a good idea? Will some of the bacteria die off from the LR
? By introducing LR
at the start of cycling, will this shorten the cycling period? Also should I do regular water change during this cycling period?
Thirdly, what is the recommended SG
and temperature for a fish only tank. I gather one must keep the temp at around 26C and SG
of 1.023. But most salt mix is specified at a temperature of 25C and the hydrometer is calibrated at 24C. So how does one go about getting the SG
and temperature right for high temperatures? Is there a table for SG
and temp calibration?