Well I finally got my aquarium set up. 55g acrylic dt with a 20l sump.
I got everything plumbed. I used an old hob
refug that came with the tank as the overflow box...little noisy but works. Got my skimmer , heater and return in the sump.
50lbs of base rock is in. Water and salt is mixed. And flowing through the tank at 1.026 salinity.
Got a ac3 set up to monitor. Probes are in the sump but need to get holders. I need to finalize wiring and set everything up. Lights aren't on yet cause I just have 3 temporary power heads in the tank for flow.
I ordered live sand, 2 magnetic power heads, and another heater as the single is barely getting to 75 degrees in this high 40s low in the 20s season eve though the house is at 72. Plus I figure two is better than one.
So a few questions:
1). Should I wait for my live sand to be here and in the tank before I start cycling? (Planning on using the raw shrimp. Right now everything reads zeros. (Amm, nit and nat.)
2) is there any reason to run lights during cycling?
3) I plan to run cheato in the sump but is this something I should wait until the tank is cycling or finished cycle or put In now?
I am tempted to get a few lbs of lr
too add as well but am thinking the ls
would be enough to seed. Input?