lshane Posted January 3, 2009 Share Posted January 3, 2009 I have just begun my first salt water aquarium. I kept many fresh water tanks growing up, and I have always had a fascination with the ocean (I spent most of my last mexico vacation staring into tidal pools). Already this hobby seems like it could turn into an obsession, and I'm sure I will encounter a lot of 'bumps' along the way. I have just finished a 'mini cycle' in my tank as I used cured live rock, live sand and RO water. So my ammonia & nitrites never really went up as high as the books said they would. I have been reading for about 3 months now on how to do this whole thing, and I think I have come out with more questions than answers, so for now I am going to try to keep things as simple as possible as I figure out what I am doing. I have the biocube 14 and everything on the tank is standard. I think I will keep it that way for now because frankly, I wouldn't even know where to start there are so many different ideas on this forum... for now I'm going to concentrate on livestock... So I am now moving on to the hardest step of reef keeping... being patient and not trying to do everything at once! I have a few questions about what comes next but I'll start by saying what has happened so far... Aquarium - Day 2, after the dust settled and I finished the aquascape... My live rock came with a bunch of hitchhikers. With the help from the ID forum I think I have most of them identified, here is what I seem to have. A Eunice Worm A dozen or so feather duster worms 3 Chitons & 3 Limpets 1 Peaunut Worm 1 Bristle Worm (green) 1 Brittle Starfish or Echiura? This thing only has three legs?? 1 Fuzzy Worm (scale worm?), no one seemed to say what the id of this one was... 1 Stringy Worm, still not 100 % sure what this one is, but it has at least 5 stringy legs and it uses them to pick up stuff from the bottom of the tank, and seems to eat snail crap, which I have learned now that snails crap a lot so I think this is a good thing... So now that I know for the most part what is in there my next step is to begin to very slowly stock the tank... So on day 10 I added a small CUC... 3 turbo snails 3 blue leg hermits (super tiny!) And a bunch of shells so that the hermits don't try to steal the snails! They almost all seem to be doing very well. I have one snail that doesn't seem to move around very much but the other two are fine... My husband thinks it is just lazy... I'm not so sure. And besides now having snail crap everywhere the tank seems quite clean, just a little green algae here and there, and some brown film on the sand. Here is what I would like to stock the tank with... And the order I was thinking of doing it in... 3 nassarius 2 Cleaner Shrimp (fire shrimp) 3 scarlet hermits 1 emerald crab 1 clown fish Then a few soft corals Mushroom corals Star Polyp Zoanthid Then probably another fish... something colorful? Any suggestions? So now I would like to know which one to add next. The hermits and snails have been in the tank since wednesday, is it too soon to add anything else? Also of the stock list above of what I would like to add, what is the best order to add it in and how far apart? I'm assuming it will take me a couple of months before I get to the coral. Oh and do you think this is a big enough CUC? Is there anything I am missing, and is there anything that will eat all of the snail crap? Thanks for everyone's help! L Link to comment
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