My 46 bow is currently setup. I have 25 pounds of base rock and 15 pounds of live rock (which has had some die off due to me wasting 2 days in the setup process - they were in buckets with salt water so I don't know how bad of a die off I had).
I have two koralia 2s running as well as the heater and my lights (12 hours a day - 10k and actinic). My protein skimmer is setup but I haven't started running it yet. I figured I would give everything a day or two to settle in.
When do I start the protein skimmer?
When do I start the carbon filter?
What should I expect to see during the next few weeks/months? This is all new to me. I have been keeping FW fish (Discus
, angels, cichlids, etc. for 30 years) so what should I expect? I have read several books on starting marine aquariums but I honestly feel the best advice comes from people that you can engage in a conversation with who have seen this stuff first hand.
When do I start testing the water and salinity? Obviously I want to wait a day or so for everything to settle to get true measurements.
Am I correct in saying that I should not do any water changes at this point... just top the water off with RO water?
I decided that since I am moving sometime next year (house going on the market sometime early next year) I am going to keep this setup as a simple lightly stocked fowler so I only have to worry about moving 3 or so fish... and we are moving locally or I would just hold off completely.