I've had really good results from using turbostart 900. Usually cycles ammonia in a day or two. I guess whether you use bottled bacteria depends on whether you are willing to wait a month or more or if you want more instantaneous gratification. Since it seems like you are still waiting to get the sump connected, so I'd probably wait and see what happens with the life rock and only purchase a bottle if you are having problems getting the tank to cycle.I m using Life Rock so do i need to dose any snake oil or the bacteria on Life rock will cycle my tank in a month ?
I ordered Bio Spira will start to add it tomorrow.I would definitely recommend bacterial starters, whether they come in a bottle like Dr. Tim’s (what I use), rock from an established tank, or elsewhere. I don’t know enough about Life Rock to know if it serves this purpose adequately, sounds like they are promoting that it does but I would be skeptical.
It is true you don’t have to seed with good bacteria if you don’t mind waiting a couple extra months and then taking your chances to some extent, but why would you? The hobby has progressed in so many ways that are definite improvements, and this is one of them.
In that case I need one more ATO sensor https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/smart-skimmer-security-autoaqua/?gclid=CjwKCAjw2qHsBRAGEiwAMbPoDF3bN0RtWZMZTFcQRQJrVTiL2BPcmcl0Pge4WH0sWWPDpq5tz_466BoCnyYQAvD_BwEI would not suggest hooking up an RO/DI directly to a tank, like EVER. On one hand having the redundant protection is smart, but the other hand is that when and RO unit first starts making water the TDS is going to be higher than normal, so you'll burn through your DI resin super fast if all you're doing is minute changes to the water level with an ATO. Find an appropriate sized tank or something and store your water then ATO from that.
I have 10 1/4" width my only problem is one side its the wall and other side is the aquarium stand. If it buldge and puts pressure on the stand I might risk breaking the stand.It looks like there may be a little expansion but that reservoir is made to hold water. How flat do you need it to stay?