I have been keeping freshwater tropical for 4 years and decided to try setting up a reef tank - I like a challenge! However I am very confused about a couple of things and would like to know if I have the order for cycling correct. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
I have bought a
2 X 150 watt heaters
1 Seaclone skimmer
2 MP900 Powerheads
1 Fluval 304 Filter
I would like to use live rock and am reading that the fluval filter will not be necessary and that it may remove some good things from the water?
How much live rock would I need for a tank this size? Should I also use an Arogonite substrate? How deep should it be?
My plan is to mix water and bring to required temperature ( I sound like I'm cooking now!)
After a couple of days at correct temp, add live rock? and substrate?
Add 1-2 raw shrimp and monitor levels in tank before thinking about adding anything else?
Does this make sense? Shoudl I use the filter? Do I need the raw shrimp with LR
? When would you advise the first water change?