I agree with Thumper. Cycle first before adding LR
.com rock. This is what I did...and I still have most, if not all hitchhikers...the only actual thing I saw die was a sponge (most likey due to air exposure), and a Bobbit worm that I took care of myself! I have a Pistol Shrimp, Anenome Crab, Apitasia eating nudibranch, some snails, crabs, worms, sponges, sea vases, barnacles, and a wide variety of pods
that have survived 8 weeks out. Resons for not cycling the LR
1. Very little die off, thus not a lot of ammonia to complete a full cycle
.COM does not have to be cured like uncured LR
..which you CAN use to cycle the tank
3. Will kill much more life if that tank was already cycled
4. After spending so much on my start up...my credit card appreciated the 4 weeks between starting the cycle and getting the LR
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)