I knew when I started my tank back in January that there would be a lot of conflicting opinions on how to do things, but it seems like everything I do is up for debate. I found another LFS
that is larger and closer than the one I originally bought all my tank supplies from. Of course in the opinion of this new store, I've basically done everything wrong...wrong water, wrong salt, wrong testing supplies...you name it. The original store knew that I wanted to have a reef tank and they told me that treated tap water and Instant Ocean would be fine to use along with the dip strips to test with. The new store says that I shouldn't use tap (which I do agree with now) and that Instant Ocean isn't good enough for reef tanks...they recommended a different kind (sorry, don't remember the name). And they talked me into buying the API test kit with the vials and solution...which I was thinking of doing anyway.
They also told me that I don't need to add anything to my 2nd tank to cycle it...I took this tank over from someone else so it was fully stocked with rock that had been in the tank for years. But my gut tells me I should still attempt to cycle it...there's nothing in it but rock so there's nothing feeding it. Ammonia and nitrites are 0 and Nitrates are about 10ppm...but that could be from my tap water. So I'm not sure what to do with the 2nd tank...
The thing that's even more confusing is that the books I have all say different things too...especially about filters and such. I keep telling myself though that I can't be doing too bad as I have not lost any fish and my one coral is doing great (those are all in tank 1).
I'm just getting frustrated...I don't know who's opinions to trust!