new saltwater aquarium questions
I am about to add water to my new saltwater aquarium which i converted from freshwater. I am completely new to salt so I have a few questions about everything.
My first questions is about the substrate. I have about 60 pounds of crushed coral and aragonite sand and before i placed it in my aquarium i washed it well but the water was still a little cloudy. Will this cause problems when i add water soon?
My next question is how long do i have to let the water cycle before I can add live rock to the system? And then how long do i have to let the live rock filter the water before I can add my first fish?
Lastly, is it wise to buy live rock that someone is selling from an established system? Or is it recommended that i buy it from a LFS.
Thanks for all your help
when starting i like to buy live rock from as many sources as i can to get a bigger bio diversity going...just be sure not to accidently import aptasia or majano anemones..they are hard to eradicate later on.....most people start off with base rock and top it off with more exoensive live rock...you can put live rock in as soon as salinity check out and temp is correct..cycling a yank can take from 4 weeks to 4 months...there are a lot of variabls...live sand,live rock,established filteration media,and photo periods....not to mention bio load...once again a little research goes a long way....get your test kit handy .....oh and just get the substrate as clean as you can...then once the water is properly mixed and in the tank turn on the pumps and let it settle out the fine particals then add the live rock...
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