Right now I'm precycling with dead shrimp. I also jump-started with clear ammonia, but I can't claim that it had any real speed-up effect, because this afternoon will make 5 days and no appreciable nitrites have appeared yet.
As for LR
supports, I'm going to use cutoff rings. I've read a lot on both sides, but to me it makes sense to err on the side of caution. Although my sand bed isn't particularly deep, I don't want to risk a rock collapse due to burrowing critters. I was going to build a PVC
support, but I'm going to hold off until the rock gets here. I've read articles about people drilling the rock and inserting pegs to hold them together to make archways, etc. I don't know if I'll be THAT ambitious, but I'm exploring every possibility!!
standard 55 lbs LR
, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal
sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC
combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4
Livestock I added:
1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata
, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids.
assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.
Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)
List of possible/likely newcomers:
Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.