I recently set up a 30 gal
saltwater tank. I am new and learning. I have added 8 pounds of live rock to the tank and am watching it. My ammonia levels have just today started to go up. They are about .4ppm, it has been 0 for about a week since adding the live rock.
I used RO
water to fill the tank and all labs were 0 from beginning with pH of 8.2. Used crush coral for substrate.
I read to add live rock a little at a time to allow for tank adjustments. Is this the case? I purchased the rock from my LFS
and it was cured. It was wrapped in wet paper towel when I took it home and it was only out of water for about 45 minutes. Should I be seeing signs of life. It is covered with red coralline algae. There are little tan stringy things about .25 inch in some places. How long before I see some life on this. The tank has been running for about two weeks and has had live rock in it for about 1. I have not added fish. I did read to feed as if there were fish once a day to start cycle which is what I did. Am I on the right track?
I am going to add more live rock. I would like about 40-50 pounds in the end. I am running it right now with 38 watts of natural daylight bulbs and a 20 watt blue actinic bulb. Is this enough to support the live rock. I will be upgrading to Power compact in a couple of weeks because I read that I need 3-5 watts per gallon. Is 116 watts with 48 watts being blue actinic ok. I would like some low light anenomes eventually. Any suggestions