Ok folks I'm moving along. Display tank is about full of water. Hope to get rock in tonight. I plan on just putting powerhead on it until I get my sump full enough to run the whole system. Is that ok? Do lights need to be on to cycle the tank? Also any other way then a shrimp to get ammonia spike. I heard there is some over the counter stuff like uncle toms something???
I what's stopping you from running your whole system? You will get some bb in your sump and everything also so I would run it of you can. Should be ok to run just the power head if you really need to until you get the sump going. I did the shrimp method for the first time with my last cycle and worked great.
As for the additives I always do a little in addition to shrimp. Some are against it but it's always worked great for me. I normally cycle within a week or 2. Others use flake food, brine shrimp, or other fish food in place of a full shrimp. You need something for the bacteria to feed on to multiply.