I am new to this forum and this is my first post, so be gentle with me.
For the last 10 years or so I have had freshwater fish of all sorts with varying success. So about 6 month ago my grand kids and I made the decision to go salt.
The tank is a 135 gallon tank which unfortunately is not drilled so I am running 2 canister filters along with power heads.
I set up the tank as mentioned about 6 months ago and added sand and live sand along with live rock to the tank and then just let it run for about 2 months. I kept checking the water and after a spike in aminia and nitrites, the tank seems to have cycled well. I had the LF guy check my water until it was ok to add some livestock. There is about 3" of sandy substrate in the tank, and 3 power heads moving the water along with a Fluval 305 which had the sponges and a product called Matrix from Seachem in the baskets and a 350 Magnum which only has activated carbon in it.
After reading some of the posts about canister filters I decided to remove the sponge material that is in the filter, but left the other media in it.
Question, is this ok or would you guys advise I remove that as well?
The tank as mentioned has live rock in it and I would estimate about 70lbs at this time. I will add more as I can afford it. I am not planning on having any corals or anemones in the tank at this time.
The creatures list is as follows:
3 Yellowtail Damsels
2 Yellow headed Jawfish - to sift through the substrate
2 Ocellaris Clownfish
That's it for now. Any suggestions on the filter situation as I am unable to set up a sump on my tank.