Well, day one has finally come. Went and collected my 120 lbs of live rock for my tank from a local store and got it all setup and tested my water (I'm sure testing now might not mean anything, but the volume of LR
I bought might bypass the cycle).
pH = This was a hard one to see on my API test to be honest, looks to be around 8 but I REALLY am unsure with this color card. Also of note I run the glass tops, should I leave the hinges open or remove them completely? Would this attribute to a possibly low pH?
I added a pinch of flaked fish food (how much is a "pinch" to you guys?) and I'll test again tomorrow I guess, to see if my parameters change.
On a side note I've already seen some mini asterina starfish (2) on the glass and a snail puttering around.