I am going to try something a little different to try to preserve my live rock hitchhikers:
2. I am going to cycle my tank with only sand, dry base rock (no life...but lots of area for bacteria), and the obligatory cocktail shrimp.
3. When that cycle is done...I will order my live rock (from liverocks.com), in hopes that I will have a very mild cycle with the addition the live rock. Hopefully the tank will be seeded with enough bacteria to keep ammonia and nitrites to a minimum. Hopefully a majority of the hitchhikers will have survived.
4. When the live rock as completed the cycle, I will send in the cleaning crews and also looking into buying a LiveSand Activator product (www.ipsf.com
) for some Sand Bed Diversity.
5. When everything is looking good, and I am busting at the seams....I will finally introduce a fish...then some corals...then enjoy.
This prolongs my enjoyment of the set up process...and also spaces out the cost over 2-3 months (which is more appealing to the wife).
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)