Okay well you or the LFS guy contradicted themselves already. No cycle, but add a CUC to 'keep the cycle going'?
There is a chance you won't have a cycle if your rock is truly cured and was not out of water too long. But why risk it? Leave it a week at least, monitor the levels, and then decide if you should get a CUC. Key signs are the diatom bloom, which usually indicates CUC time has come. I would still then leave it a couple of weeks before adding fish.
Your equipment list sounds good and great to see the test kits. In the meantime, read and read and read. I am a noob myself and jumped in a bit too quickly, but have learned since that patience at the beginning is a virtue.
digging the rock too!
Yeah, the rock wasn't out of water for more than 30 minutes. I might have been confused, but I believe he said to add some life to feed the bacteria, but once again, I am a complete newbie...Though I do have another hobby that is just a meticulous, so I'm no stranger to constant testing and maintenance.
The rock was fully cured, i believe, and the night I brought it home, hours after I set it up and the water had cleared, after lights out I briefly observed what I believe to be a bristleworm making it's way from one hole to another...he was fast though, cause when I turned on the lights it only took a few seconds and he was gone.
So far, the plan is to wait till at least Saturday, but probably Monday(my day off) to add anything to the tank, and until then I will just test the water every other day.
Edited by MetaTank, 28 November 2011 - 10:51 PM.