I ended up getting 15 more lbs of the manado LR
from PA. I decided it looked too cool and I wanted more chances of getting some critters. This time I got some collonista snails, a tiny feather duster, some foramina...whatsits and a couple other I don't know whats! I hope some of it survives the cycle.
Tomorrow will be 1 week of cycling, though added more LR
on Saturday might throw it off. Last check of my params was Friday, and my ammonia was up to 0.5 with 0 trites and trates. My pH was 8, which is lower than my tap and lower than my FW
tanks, which all run 8.2. I thought all the salt in the water would make my pH way high and I was anticipating potential problems! lol
Question though, if my tank cycles and I remove the raw shrimp..will the system hold for a few weeks without adding fish or would I need to keep throwing fish food or something in there to feed the BB an ammonia source? I'm going on vacation in July for a week, and I was thinking adding fish after I get back might be better than adding them right before i go, so depending when the thing cycles...
EDIT: just tested params again:
pH = 8
Ammonia = 4
trites = 2
trates = 20
= 21 dKH
Phos = 2