Personally I would go with about 1Â½ lbs of rock total. Wether that is all LR
or mixed with dry base rock to save on costs.
If you are only going to have the stock light for awhile, I would just opt for about 30 lbs of >>base
<< rock for now and add the LR
once/if the lights get upgraded.
As for additives, I would leave off those until the tank matures some. The saltmix you use will provide much of what is needed for the tank. Best thing to remember for additives, if you can't test for it, leave it at the LFS
. If using an RO
water, conditioners are not needed. If using tap water, I would look for a product that binds metals and works on both chlorine and chloramines. Try not to get ones that contain aloe. They don't do much really and end up limiting equip performance.
On your listed testing equipment I would suggest making sure your reading total alkalinity (KH
is not needed. Also be sure the ammonia test reads for NH3
Foods can be varied from flake, pellet or meats. It's a good idea to vary them a bit to be sure nutitional requirements are being met unless you make your own blender mush. What you feed will also vary depending on the species of fish. Some are primarily meat eaters while others are herbavor or omnivor.