So I'm still cycling my tank. As I've read more, the more questions and concerns I have regarding my set-up process. I purchased 45lbs of LR
and 15lbs of base from my LFS
. It was the cheepest they had, but it was in a a large bin with a powerhead for flow and a heater. From what I saw, there was no growth on it, but for $4.99lb. compared to $9.99lb that was totally purple with coraline(?) algea and covered in mushrooms, I went with the plain jane brown LR
. I was told it would be fine out of the water, and all of the LR
was placed in a cardboard box without saltwater, rags, ect. to keep it moist.
From the time I pulled it from the LFS
bin, to the time I placed it in my tank, was probably around 10 hours. It sat in my house where it was warm during that time though. Then it was another 24hrs before a heat source was added. I've seen one small worm crawling around, and a grey/white fuzz is slowling appearing on one of the rocks.
The more I've read and thought about it, the more I feel like I have a tank full of dead rock. Someone please lay my fears to rest.