I am in the process of setting up a 40-gallon FOWLER aquarium. Over the course of this week we have ...
bought the tank, stand, and hood (cleaned, leveled, painted back glass)
put 30lbs of dry Caribbean sand in (washed it thoroughly)
put in about 35-gallons of salt-water purchased from our LFS
today put in 11-lbs of live rock with intention of putting in more LR
running a single power head for circulation
running a simple Penguin power filter with a floss and carbon insert to agitate the surface and pull anything the floss/carbon might catch
told me a Protein Skimmer was not necessary at this point for my tank
A few questions at this stage of setting up the system:
1) Even though we washed the sand as instructed on the package - the water is still very milky over 24 hours later - is this normal?
2) We can barely see the live rock in the tank but we are seeing a few things moving around - normal I suppose?
3) I'm thinking of adding another 5-10lbs of live rock on Sunday and then considering a first fish or two next week - am I moving to fast?
Thanks everyone for any opinions or advice!