Ok, I'm going to start my tank now a 55 gal
. I been researching for 2 months now. I bought most of the stuff I will need. I have :
1 Bio Wheel 400
1Red Sea Protein Skimmer
2 Aqua Clear PowerHeads
1 underwater heater
150 lbs. of Sand (not live)
1 Red Sea Marine Lab Test Kit
1 KENT Marine Starter Kit
1 55 gal
. bag of Instant Ocean
I will be buying LR
after I get the tank set up with salt water and sand in bottom. I'm buying it slow cause around here LR
is 8.99 a lb. CRAZY. I'm trading my oscar,pacu and convict for 3 lbs. to the LFS
. I put the rock in before I cycle my tank right. I'm going with the fishless cycle. So I ?
1. add RO
water the tank.
2. turn on powerheads
3. add salt ( should I test ph
. after of before sand)
4. add sand (how long after I add salt do I add sand?)
5. add some LR
( when should I start testing water ?)
6. add shrimp ( how long after I added the lr
7. test water till ph
. 8.2, nitrites and ammonia 0, nitrates 0-10, calcium400-450.
8. once cycled do 15% water change
Anything wrong with these steps ? Are there perfect steps ? Appreciate all the help I get. I'd rather learn from others mistakes. Thanks....
. 15 lbs. LR
15 lbs. BR, 1 Percula Clown, 2 Marginated Damsel, 1 2 inch Niger Trigger, 1 Coral Beauty, 2 Yellowtail Damsels, 2 common Hermit Crabs, 5 Turbo Snails
1.2 Crested Geckos
1.1 Corn Snakes
0.1 Flying Gecko