It has been a bit so I thought I'd give an update.
Microbacter took 14 days to complete the cycle. I have taken filter media from my sump and used that in the QT tank filter to get it up and ready. I tested the QT tank and it could process 2ppm ammonia in 24 hours, so I would like to introduce......
Owlette and Gecko........ My 4 year old insisted on the names haha.
After getting them into the QT tank and letting them adjust for a few hours I fed a mix of pellet food and they ate immediately. I'm out of town for 2-3 days at a time every few weeks so I'd like to have my livestock eating pellets from an auto feeder when I'm gone. I'm very happy that they are active and eating. It will be observation only for the first 2 weeks of QT. With my schedule being somewhat erratic at times I think I will be leaning toward a longer observation quarantine period before proactive treatment and opt for a reactive treatment. When I'm out of town I get some "zoom meeting" time with the fish after I say goodnight to the little ones. My wife has been very helpful with keeping an eye on the 2 new guys when I'm gone. I'm happy to see my kids wanting to be involved as well. They always want to go 'give Owlette and Gecko breakfast' and help with doing the water tests.
Starting to break in the skimmer. I'm still fine tuning/learning the apex but the DT is ready for the 2 clowns once QT is done. Next is deciding on an auto feeder. I'm leaning heavily towards the Apex option, any thoughts or opinions? I'm down in Dallas for a few days coming up, any fish stores in the DFW area anyone would recommend checking out?
Once the new guys are in the display, Tang shopping I will go! I'm also wanting to start a clean up crew once the clowns are in the tank and established.
I'll keep the updates coming.
Not much of an update but the AFS is in and running.
Wow this thing is going to make life easy when out of town!
Camping for a few nights with the family so this will be the first test with the tank going solo. I have a friend coming over each day we are gone to check things out for for piece of mind.
Only 2 clowns in at the moment so once more livestock is in a better plan for feeding will be needed but I'm happy how the tank is progressing.
So another update. No issues while being away for a few days, the auto feeder did its job and the 2 clowns seemed to look bigger when we got home. I have noticed the sand and rockwork becoming covered with a brown film, diatoms I assume. So in goes the start of a clean up crew. 5 blue leg hermit crabs, 5 astrea snails, 1 sand sifting starfish and 1 pincushion urchin.
I know its not a lot for a tank this size but I'm going to give things a few weeks then probably top up the group with some nassarius snails and more astrea snails.
The QT tank is up and running, getting ready for the next fish. Looking at a couple of tangs, still debating on what type. I don't think a yellow tang is in my future, too much money. Maybe a blue and powder brown. Is a 6 foot tank sufficient for a blue tang? I'm seeing articles saying yes and no for a tank this size. I'm going to try and add at least 2 tangs at once, maybe 3.
I'm also looking into getting my first coral soon. Maybe a leather, GSP or euphyllia.
Names for the starfish and urchin to follow, my wife said she gets to name them this time......not sure what they could be haha.
So the clean up crew has been in for a couple days. I'm happy and concerned. The sand bed and rock work is looking great. I was expecting results but not this quickly. I know the starfish is a machine at going through things but I didn't expect the results this quick.
I was expecting these results a few weeks from now, not days. Should I be concerned with moving forward to quickly? I don't want the starfish to crap out on me so maybe try spot feeding him from time to time?