So, my instinct as a go-getter is to jump right into this and the second that my cycle is finished to grab my cuc and a few weeks later add my first little tank mates. However, I do want all of my pets to be happy and healthy and I have a bit of a dilema.
I am leaving in late February or early March for Colombia and will be there 3 weeks to a month. My husband will be home, but I'm not sure that I trust him to wipe off the counters while I'm gone rather alone do PWCs and feed and test parameters and and and. What I'm thinking is that maybe I can get a CUC on boxing day (as previously planned), and then wait until I get back to add any fish. I figured that this way my tank will be super cycled and more than ready for my livestock. Yet, I am worried that leaving the tank this long without fish will cause the cycle to crash. Is it better to just add a heartier fish (or even my original line up) and get a local reefer to come and maintain. (Isn't it horrible that I am trusting my husband to watch our daughter for three weeks, but not the aquarium?!?!
.... my daughter is self-sufficient, the fish aren't!! - that's my excuse anyways