I have all my water mixed & ready (from RO
unit). I didn't have enough water storage so conveniently I filled and mix a 1/4 of the water right in the tank. Have the rest in large trash cans.
next, I was going to add my playsand. Let it settle and then the next day add the rest of my water all my live rock (180 lbs) and 60 lbs of Hi online Baserock. I also have 40 lbs of live sand I was going to throw in at that time.
The 40 lbs of live sand is currently underneath the 180 lbs of live rock which is all in a large trash can in my basement, with pumps/heaters. I've been doing the best at maintaining the LR
but its been down there for a couple months so I know and can see a lot of die off. The 60 lbs of Hirocks.com Baserock is still packaged in the nice shipping box it came in, surprisingly all 60 lbs of it, (I'll rinse it before adding to tank).
How does that sound? Should I have my ASM G4 Protein Skimmer running & UV
Sterilizer on during the cycle?
I also read the Aquarium Advice article "How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish" which mentions putting in some Raw Shrimp from the grocery store. Will I really need to do that? If so how much should I add?
All your help is greatly appreciated!
Here's a couple photos of my setup (180gal, 40gal sump/refuge) Will post more updated ones soon-
-plumbing has since been changed a little from pic, after tested.