So what are you waiting for? lol Yeah its a one person place the store I go to. The owners name is Penny. She has 60+ tanks and does a great job. I have 3 Astrea snails, one who is a complete champ and works NONSTOP, and two that arent nearly as strong and need to be rescued daily from the sandbed. She seems to think they are weak because my tank isnt ready... I would agree with her if it was affecting all of the snails but its not. But I not going to argue with her because its definately not going to hurt anything by letting my tank mature more before adding anymore livestock.
Ive got coraline algea growth on the rocks I purchased last Friday. So Im still waiting patiently and cant wait for my orders to come in. In the meantime I satisfy myself with the pictures on here and staring at my tank alot.
You know the more I think about it the more fine I am waiting. Ive noticed that the size of the copepods are much bigger now and I have an even greater population than before. There are also many other small organisms I see. I was checking out the copepods yesterday with my 60-100x pocket microscope from Radio Shack, that was pretty darn cool! So Im still hanging tough. If I could pass up those four dollar damsels today then I will do right by my tank and wait into its ready.
The biggest thing to me is how much I respect the owner of my LFS and how much she cares about the success of her customers tanks. I trust her stock. Ive been viewing her tanks weekly and they are in amazing shape. All of her corals are doing awesome and fish look super healthy. You wont find a single dead fish in her 60+ tanks. Petco was disgusting. Its ashame there are places out there like that. While I was there I watched a lady who knew nothing of fish purchase a 16 gallon bowfront tank and $80 worth of fish. I politely informed her that the tank was going to be overstocked, the fish werent compatible, and that the tank needed to cycle properly or the fish would all die. She bought them anyway because the store employee said it would be fine. Like I said, disgusting.
Im really plenty happy with what is taking place anyway, but you know as well as I do it would be better if there were some pretty fish and inverts in the tank to look at. In the meantime Im getting everything figured out over here. Like how much water to add daily/every couple of days to maintain 1.024-1.025 salinity. Ive got a logbook I write down water parameters on daily/everytime I test. Even though there arent any fish its still great watching the tank mature.
Sorry for the long winded post. Im going to stay away from the LFS this week because its just to difficult to look at everything I want knowing I cant get it yet, lol.
So once again, thats if for now. Ill keep everyone posted.