I have added my water to my 275 litre reef tank I am going to add my live rock and sand in a few days when the water is at temperature, what is the best way to start the tank cycling? Should I add a shrimp to start the ammonia off? This is all new to me so any help is appreciated thankyou.
shrimp, watch levels when ammonia :0, nitrite: 0 and nitrate: present your are cycled.... then you can do a water change, dose some ammonia to make sure its cycled. Add fish, coral, and enjoy the tank.
Adding sand and rocks that already have a BB build up, results in some bacteria die-off. that small amount of dying bacteria will give a small amount of ammonia, feeding other bacteria. Unfortunately it is not enough to feed enough bacteria to then support livestock. So adding another ammonia source is really needed. I prefer the ammonia dosing method as it is much cleaner (as compared to letting a cocktail shrimp rot in the tank).