You should add some bacteria (several options here) early on to get the nitrate cycle started - the rest you can leave until later. I've had good results with some of the bottled bacteria supplements (Seachem Stability, Nutrafin Cycle). You could also mix some mature live sand (from a friendly MASA reefer!) into the sand that you buy.t...and then do i add supplements immediately, or wait for a month to start fiddling with the water?
Best to add the live rock and water first, and leave it for a week or so to let any dead thingies fall out. Then you can syphon them off the bottom before adding the live sand (remove the rock temporarily, syphon the bottom clean, add the sand, replace the rock).also, should i introduce LR or LS starit away, or wait?
Most LFS will stock it, I'd guess. I used the Seachem oolitic aragonite from Sam's @ around R330 per 10kg bag. You should budget on about 150mm coverage. MeridianP.s, where do i pick up LS?
if you going to that area, why not get it from the research aqurium? Its filtered and you can park your car right next to the tap - saves carrying buckets up stairs.so tomorrow i'm going down to bakoven/oudekraal to collect some beach water