Ok, I have salt water in my tank and I'm ready for the next step in setup. I purchased 100 pounds of base rock from marcorocks.com. I'm more than satisfied with the pieces I received. I will be able to setup many caves, tunnels and hiding places for the fish plus they all look good. Hope it comes out as well as I envision, though with the pieces I've received I don't think I can go wrong.
Tomorrow I will pick up 50-60 pounds of cured LR
from the LFS
. I expect the sand to arrive in a few days. It's about 200 pounds of Aragamax and 40 pounds of LS
. I must say that I prices the sand at a few different places and the shipping costs were astronomical, I mean off the chart. I'm talking hundreds of dollars. Thank goodness for Dr's Foster & Smith for not charging extra for bulky items as shipping from them is on $15. I'm planning on a 4"-5" sand bed.
My question is what is next? Should I wait for the sand to arrive, before putting the rocks in the tank and does the LR
require any further curing outside of the tank before being placed in the tank with the sand and base rock?
Also, at what point do I start using the skimmer?