Hey guys, after researching and asking questions on setting up my first saltwater aquarium, heres what ive got so far
20 Gallon Long
5.5 lbs of live rock
3 inch caribsea aragonite base
protein skimmer, rena 20 gallon filter (running with no filter pad), and a powerhead
calcium concentration- 440 mg/l (ppm)
alkalinity- 10 dkh 179 ppm kh
phosphate levels- 0
nitrate- 5ppm (mg/l)
I only got 5.5 lbs of live rock because my LFS had a poor selection and said they would get some more in next week, so I got the 2 prettiest pieces I could find. This is only day 2 with the live rock.
How long should the cycle take? With more live rock would it speed up? What about using bio-spira? What else do I need to test?
I had some hitchhikers on my live rock, I think I have identified them, my pictures couldnt make anything out, but here is what I have found
1 feather duster
1 some type of almost microscopic starfish
a lot of something that looks like tiny featherdusters
about 3 really small shrimp
a redddish orange centipede lookin thing
I gotta go to a student council meeting, so let me know what you guys think so far.