Hello- I am interested in starting a semi new tank and have some concerns and questions. Background: 8 months ago my classmate and I bought a pair of clowns, 30 lbs of live rock, and 20 lbs of caribi sea live sand for our tank from LFS
. Now: The school year is over and I am taking the fish for the summer and college. He and I have different beliefs (in caring for fish/tank set up) so now I want to do things my way. Questions: 1. Will I be able to wash and reuse the sand? Or will this cause me to lose the beneficial bacteria (it should regrow, right)? 2. I need this tank to be rolling and ready for the fish by June 12th. Do you think it will be possible assuming I use a product like Biospira? 3. The sand currently gets very dirty in the 30 gallon tank, and I'm moving to a 10 gallon. Do you recommend blue leg hermits to clean the sand? How many will I need? 4. I need this tank to be as low maintenance as possible. I was thinking of a HOB
cascade 150 filter, HOB
custom refugium, and in tank protein skimmer. Does this sound good? 5. Can I take the sand and rock out of the old tank for a week while the new tank cycles with new dry rock (I'm trading in the old liverock for new dry rock) 6. Anybody have experience with acid curing dry rock?