Just wanted to share with others that I am up and running with my new tank now. With all of the research ., dumb questions, great feedback and help from others our family is now able to actually enjoy our new friends in the tank. Amazingly the tank had “cycled”in about two weeks. Now after 2 ˝ weeks we have 3 emerald crabs 5 snails, three hermits, one cleaner shrimp (that had shed it’s skin) three damsels, and one clown fish, one yellow headed gobie and miraculously all is fine. I plan to add another clown but will wait at least a week allow the tank to stabilize. I now monitor every other day the levels and my ammonia and nitrates are a 0ppm.
Here is my setup and how I went about it .
55g corner tank with overflow
Skimmer: Sea Clone 100
70 pounds LR
Pump Mag drive 7 (700gph)
5 pounds live sand seeded on top of the DSB
Water Temp 80
The uncured live rock created my amonia spike. I never turned the lights until after the parameters were at 0. I also added , to the sump, a small refugium with a bit of calupera sp? So I either have been lucky or maybe there is some science to what I did either way things are going good. The level of algae is very minimal and I see much coloration in the live rock. HTH
as threre is light at the end of the cycle.
Thanks again all who have helped me. Especially Fishfreek and reefrunner69,steve-s etc....