Originally Posted by cj10488
My first question is... There were lots of living creatures on and in the LR
.. Crabs, B. Star, bristle worms you name it it probably came with the LR
.. Since this is a Newly setup tank should I get some food in there for these guys? or should they be fine? There has been nothing in this tank prior to this LR
For the most part, the die off and remaining algaes will feed a majority of the animals that come in on the rock. Be very careful if considering foods as they will increase the amount of ammonia and hamper any efforts to preserve the "hitchikers". I would also recommend some water changes to keep the ammoina levels down depending on the amount of die off. If they get too high, the animals will not survive.
My second question is.. This LR came Cured with a lb or so of LS.. Am I going to see a normal Cycle??? From what I was informed because of all the living bacteria and such it should not and should be ok for fish.. I dont want my newfound friends to die or suffer.. I was informed to do 5-10% Water changes on a weekly basis
Do not add fish for at least a few weeks yet. Test and monitor the NH3
levels over that time. Fish at this point would be putting the cart before the horse. Even though the LR
was shipped overnight, there will still be die off and will cause ammonia and subsequent nitrite. Once the tank ahs been running a few weeks without trouble then you can entertain the prospect of fish. You should also be preparing your >>quarantine tank
<< at this stage. Once a new fish is purchased, it should be quarantined for 4 weeks prior to introduction to the main tank to prevent the possibility of contaminating it with parasites or pathogens.. While the fish is in QT, the main tank will be doing it's thing and in 4 weeks both should be ready. Be sure to properly >>acclimate
<< the fish to both the Qt and the main tank when ready.
I also found a Mine Urchin in the LR.. At least thats what it looks like.. I have since the previous post spotted 2 more brittle stars.. And I keep Hearing this clicking coming from the Tank.. I think it might be a Mantis, Which I Surely dont want.. The life on this LR is amazing.. Anyone please help me.. For now the light is off so i can see what other interesting creatures emerge
The critters will be fine providing you are mindful of possible ammonia and are prepared with ready made saltwater at the same temp, ph
of the main tank. The "clicking" could be either from a mantis or pistol shrimp. They are rarely easy to catch but some types of commercially made traps can get lucky. :P