Originally Posted by MiamiLeos
Set up is coming tomorrow! I just ordered 50lbs of dry Key Largo rock from Marco Rocks. Now I gotta get some new 5gal buckets to transport the ocean water from my LFS to my house. Going to have to make prob 3 trips to fill the tank and sump. Not complaining, I could use the exercise lmao. I'm hoping the tank will cycle in a speedy fashion since it has live sand and a bit of live rock. I can't wait to add some CUC!
Hooray! Now the fun begins!
Remember, nothing good happens quick in a marine tank. I usually plan on my first fish addition to be as late as five weeks after sand, rock and water. As the tank matures, you will (1st) see the cycle end. Nitrites and Ammonia will read zero and Nitrates will have an insignificant reading < 5ppm. (2nd) Diatom bloom. This will make the tank look rusty (for lack of a better description). (3rd) Start testing Calcium and Alkalinity and make sure they are stable at: Cal 400-450 ppm and Alk at 8-12 dKH. (4th) Coraline algae (crusty purple spots) start to grow on the rock and tank walls. Depending on how stable your alk and calcium are might accelerate thisprocess, so it might start to show before the diatom bloom. (5th) Copepod and Astrea starfish populations increase and you feel like that is all you see.
Once you feel the tank is matured (you see the signs mentioned above) you can add a fish or two. Wait a week or two after you add them to add another. Test calcium and see if the addition of fish affected your dosing schedule (it will). If everything stays steady, add another fish and then wait again.
Marine fishkeeping could be a hobby of patience or panic. It's your choice at this point in the game...