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Old 01-10-2013, 10:47 PM   #11
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You are setup perfectly. I would change nothing.

But I would do a proper cycle. Add a full shrimp for that much rock and let it go. Keep the skimmer off until the cycle is complete. If after a week you still have no ammonia (after adding the shrimp ) then you should be fine. Then pull what's left out, turn the skimmer on and add you first fish. A small cuc at that time as well. Slowly add your fish (a week between additions) and a bit more cuc.
Personally I would avoid Astraea snails as my hermit ate then all within a couple weeks. Cerinth, nassarius and turban snails work great for me.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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+1. What you have is great for that size tank. You just have to get something to kick start the cycle. It will probably take 4-6 weeks. Might be less, probably won't be more, but its done when its done.

Moving forward, don't be afraid to ask questions here. The LFS's advice is questionable, so I'd be careful with what they say.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:14 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone. I'll add a shrimp tomorrow after i get to the store.
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