Thanks for your replies. I understand that LS
have beneficial bacteria in them. I was wondering if I should cycle the tank and then add the sand and LR
. I would think adding the sand right off the bat would help the cycle but the bag for the Caribsea sand says to add the sand to a cycled tank. So, do I just toss the raw shrimp in the tank with water only and let it cycle and then add the sand and rock?
I'm assuming I need to wait until the cycle is over to add the LR
b/c it is already cured (it was in a friends 100 gal
reef then in a 55 gal
for a few months b/c they had to tear down the tank when they moved. Now they are giving it away b/c they don't have room to set the 100 gal
up again). There might be some die off when transferring it into my tank but I am guessing I wouldn't want the rock in there during the initial cycle with the nitrate spike because it could kill any hitchhikers that may be on the rock.