Hello all! Brand new to the hobby. Been following posts around here and reading boatloads of info. Overwhelming to say the least. Lots of conflicting info but it seems like everybody has their own recipe for success (and disaster as well). I look forward to great feedback as I start this journey into reefing!
So here's what I got (pictures to follow later):
150 gallon acryllic (60" x 24" x 24") with 2 corner overflows
50 gallon sump
Bubble Magus NAC-7 skimmer
Octopus CR-150 Ca
2 Mag-12 submersible pumps (thus 2 returns)
Caulerpa in sump
10 lbs LR
rubble in sump
3 inch aragonite bed in display
170 lbs Tonga LR
48"Hamilton Cebu-sun 2 x 250 MH
+ 4 x 54 actinics + LED
5 stage Bulk Reef Supply RO
So my concern now is that 50 lbs of my LR
was from an already established tank that gave his LR
to my LFS
. I put it in the tank and a few days later it was chalkfull of awesome ricordias (all kinds of colors!) I am trying the fishless cycling method with shrimp from the grocery store. Will the cycling kill the ricordia? I have had the LR
in for 2 weeks now and the shrimp for 2 days. I have yet to see an ammonia spike or nitrite. No nitrates either. I'm assuming I haven't started cycling yet? What exactly am I looking for here. Tough time trying to weed through all the info on what will spike first, ammonia or nitrite.
Should I pull some sand out? One LFS
said 3-4inches is just asking for trouble. Thoughts?
Well, I've rambled enough. Hope to have pics soon. Look forward to any advice you guys have!