Originally Posted by themartins
Thank you. With cycling saltwater, should I start with just the live sand first or add any live rock at the same time? Will the ammonia spike kill off the little critters in the cured live rock? Also, with such a small tank do I need a protein skimmer? If so can you recommend one? What do I need for mixing salt water for the water changes? Any other recommendations?
Thank you again.
1. You should add both the rock and sand in before you start cycling it. That way everything cycles together - it's just easier. Somethings might die, just depends how high your ammonia goes. Raw shrimp method works good.
2. No you don't need a protein skimmer for a 10g FOWLR
3. For mixing, I use tap water, dechlorinator, and Instant Ocean salt mix. RO
units are better, but I can't afford that right now
For topoffs, I use distilled water.
You might want to go with some dry/base rock to avoid little pests hitch hiking in your tank; but that's a personal decision.
You will still need a powerhead, even in a 10 gallon, maybe 200-400 gph