Using system water and live rock from the local aquatic shop (that’s Heritage Aquatics in Wallington, Surrey in case you’re looking for a professional, reliable and friendly service) meant that we were able to start adding some critters and a couple of clowns to the tank sooner than if we’d had to go through a normal cycle of the aquarium.
Whilst we’ve seen evidence of a rogue crab (a small black arm with a little pincer on waved at us on Friday evening), things look pretty good so far. A couple of peppermint shrimps (Lysmata wurdemanni) have already had a go at a couple of the aiptasia anemones (which is good, because they’re a pest) and the turbo snails (Turbo fluctuosa) and emerald crab (Mithraculus sculptus) are busy with the algae that’s grown over the past few days.
And… to round it off, we picked up two Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris). An hour spent deciphering the Maxspect LED timer instructions (I’ll post up something on that subject later on), two carefully placed crab traps and all seems well in the tank so far.