"I'd realy love to know what the ammonia readings were between 7/20 and 7/26 since you didn't see any."
Me too....but I didnt take a reading...that's a newbie for you...
"On you aquascaping, I'd get the rocks away from the side glass eunf to be able to clean there. I't s gonna get ugly soon. Be comfortable stacking rock against the back glass. Try to create medium to large swim thru holes in the rock-scape."
All rocks are away from the glass. have plenty of room to get the magment cleaner and alage sponge and scapper through...the convex glass plays tricks with perception.
"Do you think you'll ever do sand sifting fish (gobies, etc), or pistol crabs? If so, that rock cannot sit on top of the sand. Gotta touch the bottom glass in order to prevent avalanches of rock from sand burrowers."
Didn't plan on any gobies or pistol crabs...But I figured out I had fudged up on that part after the fact... I did burry those big chunks of LR
as deep as i could...
"What are the smooth stones for? And are those other things decoration? (the red thingy) If so, they'll look bad soon too as the tank matures."
The smooth rocks are from Ventura Beach here in so cal collected by my wife. The fake coral and fake barnicals are also the wife's touch. Some times one just has to compromise. I was lucky, had to talk her out of wanting to put fake plants and fake drift wood. So bear with me, it was a struggle convincing her to get a saltwater tank. progress has been made... trust me.
Thanks for the advice.