I'm not sure if we are talking about the same place but I'm in the Tampa area and last Saturday went to Tampabay Saltwater (www.tampabaysaltwater.com
) and got some LS
and was very impressed with it. It came full of small organisms (snails, hermits, worms and many others that I don't know what they are), this stuff is really alive !! I added 10 pounds on top of my 4" Southdown DSB
to seed it.
I also reserved a few pieces of LR
but didn't brought them home because they are cured and full of live things (feather dusters, coralline, sponges, crabs, snails, red things, orange things, blue things, green things). I'm afraid that most of it would die during the Ammonia and Nitrite peaks. I'm planning to add them towards the end of the cycle and watch for any changes.
Their base rock is actually much better than all the LR
I have seen on the LFS
. I picked one that was full of dusters and coralline. What they refer as LR
is a much higher quality and full of organisms. Then they have the decorator rock which is even nicer with more colors, anemones, sponges and even some pieces of corals.
The tank has been cycling for 11 days now and I'm very happy on how everything is coming together, my readings as of last night were;
0 (already noticed the ammonia going up to 1.5 and now is at zero)
.3 (The nitrite test color is more intense everyday)
Salt 1.022 (planning to add some more to get it to 1.023)