Check the link in my signature to help ID hitch hikers. You got a nice skimmer from the reviews I have read on it. You could add a tad more rock if you feel the need to. Chuck the test strips and get an API Saltwater master test kit, or some other liquid test kit as the strips are inaccurate and IMO
, pointless. Don't use any other chemicals or bacteria in a bottle stuff. Go to your local grocery store and grab a raw, unseasoned jumbo shrimp, toss it in a zip-loc bag poke some small holes in the bag and toss the bag in the tank. This will help you cycle your tank. As the shrimp decays, it creates ammonia which bacteria from your current live rock will turn the ammonia to nitrite which more bacteria will turn to nitrate. During the period test your water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, don't test anything else as most of those parameters will be all over the place during your cycle. Once the ammonia and nitrite hit 0 and your nitrate rises, your tank is cycled. At this point you will want to do a 25%-50% partial water change (pwc
) to help lower the nitrate. Remove the bag containing the shrimp, and you are safe to add fish.
Do you have a heater, powerheads, thermometer, refractometer/hydrometer?