I am new, though I have been scouring these forums for a few weeks now for advice on a new tank setup.
I have never dealt with saltwater before, so I am going to attempt it. From all the people and friends I have talked to, I am going to try to go as slow as possible.
Here are a few pictures. This is day two of the saltwater.
I am using Texas Holy Rock as a base, as you can see. The LFS
said that it should make a great base. He also told me that it will turn into Live Rock itself. After looking into that, I understand and know that it will, however, I am curious as to how long it will take. You can't really tell from the pictures, but there are already particles that have drifted onto the rock. They appear black, brown, and green.
Also, this live rock is uncured and should be cured tomorrow, so says the LFS
that I bought it from. I expect that it should be for certain by the end of the week. Which brings me to my next question. How can I tell if it's cured?
The tank doesn't really measure a lot of ammonia yet, so I added some flakes to it. I was originally planning on using a raw shrimp, but I read that you could use fish flakes as well, so I might as well use all the old freshwater food.
New lighting is on the way. Ordered a power compact Coralife Aqualife 2x 65W with 4 lunar lights. Comes with a 10k K
bulb and an Actinic bulb. This should be good enough to grow any type of coral, right? It would be about 6.5W a gallon.
I plan on adding a cleaning crew in about a month. Any recommendations as to what? I am interested in a peppermint shrimp.
Later down the road, I would like to get a clown, after the tank cycles, maybe two. The biggest thing I am looking into is making a coral farm. Would be great to eventually make money off it!
If you have any other advice, throw it at me. The more the merrier!