Originally Posted by Sicklid-collector
How do u put the salt n RO
water in the tank?? Is it rite to fill the tank with RO
water then add the salt heat it up, do I need to have the pumps running and skimmerat this time?? Whilst it all settles dwn then add sand let it settle some live rock let it settle n then possibly add a damsil is this rite or wrong??
For initial set up, yes, you can put in water and add the salt. For PWC
's you'll need a bucket or trash an to mix it in and get it up to temp before adding to the tank. So: add water, add salt, place PHs to mix it up. Add heater to help salt dissolve. Add rock so that it's stable in bottom of tank, not on sand (which can make the rock fall over if you get any fish that dig). Then add sand. It's better IMO
to do a fish less cycle, damsels are cheap, but no fish should have to be put through the burning and shortness of breath that the cycle causes. Its easy to just throw in some raw shrimp, fish, clams, etc and let it rot. Or you can use bottled ammonia, but it MUST be the kind that doesn't bubble at all when you shake the bottle. Dose the tank up to 4ppm and then test very day to see where you're at in the cycle. When ammonia spikes to 4 or more, then it'll start to drop, then nitrites will spike and start to drop, and you'll start to see nitrates. When ammonia and nitrites are zero, nitrates will be high. Do a PWC
and then you're ready for fish. Good luck!!!