11-14-2008, 08:05 PM
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As you are, I am new here and to the marine hobby as well. I also did a fishless cycle. I started my tank (a 29gal) with 15lbs of pre-cured live rock. It was expensive (my LFS sold it for $4 per lb after a $10 membership fee) but I can tell you that it has made all the difference!
I added a dozen hermit crabs and some snails a week later. The hermit crabs ate any of the decaying material from the live rock, as well as the brown algae that covered my live rock after a week or 2 and everything was great.
Are you sure that your hermit crab even died? Mine molted and I thought it died but I counted them and I still had 12... Do you have extra shells in there for the crabs if it outgrew his shell? Hermits don't live very long at all outside their shells. Also, did you feed them? If you didn't use live rock, or not enough, the hermits will need supplemental feeding (you can feed them almost anything just as long as it sinks).
Lastly, it really helps if you add in all the detail you can when posting here. Try to be as exact as possible, and include all the setup details as well as an accurate time line. Believe me, people will read your ridiculously long post if it gives them all the info.
My advice is to take a step back... People have been successful in maintaining a thriving marine aquarium with all different kinds of substrates, all different kinds of filters, livestock, and methods. Give it a week before you add any more livestock to do some research, and in a week I recommend hermit crabs and snails to start (they're interesting and cheap too!).
Last edited by ajmckay; 11-14-2008 at 08:07 PM..