I am in the same boat.. Just about to add water... Before I do, I wanted some suggestions as to wether or not my idea was retarded or if you guys thought it would actually work.
I am planning on having a reef tank, and investing the cash that it would take to get 150 pounds of live rock for a 180 gallon sw
My question is would it work to buy the rock in 300 dollar increments (50-80 pounds a trip with 2 weeks between.. I am not interested in rushing into this, I was given the tank a year ago, and have been waiting to get it set up till we moved....
so, will I kill the rock? I have done the reading on cycling the tank with the rock and shrimp, but it seems like a whole wack of water for only 50 pounds of rock....
My plan is to let the rock settle for 6 weeks after I finish getting it all in(Probably 8 weeks) then start with a small clean up crew to keep things organized, try my hand at a simple anenome and a tang /clown to add in something so my wife doesn't think it is a complete waste of cash(She will never understand)
wet/dry filter(Not too sure if I'll just use it as a sump)