Originally Posted by dinotrex
Should I still be putting in a cocktail shrimp to let it cycle and let the liverock feed off of the shrimp?
No need for the shrimp unless this rock was well cured before you got it. If there is an abundance of life, there will also be die off so no shrimp needed if uncured. Be sure you have extra SW
for water changes if using uncured rock. You will need to keep the ammonia to a minimum if you want to save as much life as possible. If using well cured LR
, drop in the raw shrimp and let it go.
Also, after I fill the tank with water, is there any chemical I should be putting in it? or just let it flow for a few days and then test the nitrate, nitrite and amonnia? Also, When I put in the livesand, I noticed some stuff floating around in there, something like debris washed up from the ocean thats just floating around mixed in the the LS, how will a LR pick stuff like that up?
No need to worry about any chems until well after the tank has cycled and even then water changes will be the best route over more than likely unneeded additions. The debris you are noticing is normal for dry sand. Once it floats to the top just use a net a scoop out the larger pieces to avoid damaging pumps and such. The small stuff is of no concern.