Lots of questions about a brand new 46 gallon tank.
I got the salinity and temp to the correct levels, and I put 100 lbs of Old Castle playsand, of course it became very cloudy and foamy. After maybe 4 days it cleared up a bit, and I bought 20lbs of cured Live rock to cycle with. When I put that in, of course it became very cloudy again. After a couple days it cleared up somewhat, but the live rock became covered with a layer of silt, the tank looked like the surface of the moon. At that point I put in the base rock as well, and it of course became cloudy again. I have had a Fluval 304 filtering the entire time, cleaned it twice. No powerheads yet, they have been ordered. At this point, I cannot see the rock. The tank looks like hell!
So on to the questions. Is the tank going to become cloudy anytime I move anything in the tank? Should I just not touch anything for a couple weeks? Will I ever be able to aquascape without creating a sandstorm? Will the Live rock cycle the tank even though it has a layer of silt covering it? Should I turn on the Bak Pak protein skimmer, would that help? Should I put in a shrimp? Is live sand a good thing? My LFS
said it was a waste and that the "dead" sand would become live from the rock. Should I have the lights on or off? When should I put in the powerheads, will they create a sandstorm as well? And finally, am I just being too impatient and worrying needlessly?
Thanks, I hope questions aren't too dumb. My copy of the Conscientous Marine Aquarist is on it's way from Amazon, but it's taking forever!