Hi all from melbourne australia.
So heres the deal. I purchased my new tank on saturday after 2 weeks of reading, googling, listening, and screaming and kicking!
Its now tuesday night. I have my tank (Aqua One 620T stock standard out of the showroom with suitable heater) and a strong desire to kill, maim, explode my 4-5 LFS
'..... im assuming this is normal???
i have 6 KG of live rock.. (sorry.. aussie talking.. and talking in metric) on which i have about 8 Aptasia.. one big one and 7 ranging from med to small....
i purchased salt water from the local bay from areas that i know to be ok/clean. (if the LFS
is telling me the truth about its origions.)
SO... back to my angryness... i read the net and it tells me im never going to get rid of the aliens in my tank.. i hope the cycle will kill them.. and my LFS
(my most trusted one so far) tells me to take the live rock back and start again.. oh and by the way dont come back till i have a protine skimmer....
am i kidding my self?? I have seen beautiful reef setups with no Protine skimmers.. can i not do this without a magic wand?? do i use Aptasia X?? do i find a sick person somewhere and beg them to have a syringe (as my local chemist has already told me they dont stock them.. B/S!) and shoot em full of lemonjuice/vinegar?
can i bomb the tank with something as im only 3 days into my cycle?
DO I GIVE UP NOW!!!???
please .. help a poor (especially after paying for this setup) man dig himself out of his brand new addiction..
P.S there is some humor in this post.. i have no desire to actually hurt anyone.. but im sure the smarter ones among you have already worked this out.. but i am at my witts end at the moment.