I have just started my first potential FOWLR
tank a few days ago. I wanted to clarify a few questions, since I heard that the cycle is a very difficult part of starting a tank.
I have a 29 gallon tank, 1" of live sand, and 35 lbs of live rock. I filled with tap water, after using tap water conditioner on it, added salt, currently having a sg
of 1.025 at 78 degrees. I have one power pump, heater, and a bio-wheel power filter. I plan on getting A protein skimmer after the cycle completes I can start putting my janitors in. I run my lights 10-12 hours/day.
First, I would like to clarify if no PWC
should be done during the cycle.
Second, I would like to clarify what I should be looking for during the cycle. What should I be measuring, and how will I know when the cycle is complete?
Is there a way to speed up the cycle? I heard something about putting a piece of raw shrimp in the tank and letting it decompose.
Lastly, any general advice would be greatly appreciate in addition to these question. Thanks in advance for your help!