Thanks Pete – the information you have provided is invaluable (and definitely saves me money since I would have bought a good group of sexy shrimp only to come back and find them torn to bits 😛 ).
Currently I’m cycling in my live rock – the package I ordered came with ‘live sand’ as well but it’s not the fine grade I imagined by any means. After reading what you wrote about the fine grade sand I think I might be moving this sand out and putting it into the sump (I do have the 45G tall tank now and am still working on a sump – the first one I got was too large so it’s going on my 75G). I also have a mantis shrimp that I’m trying to trap… 😛
I did go with some uncured live rock and since I am moving out at the end of August, I’m probably going to be waiting until then to order the seahorses to avoid moving stress. This will also allow me to be fully certain that I’ve removed all the unwanted hitchhikers from the rock and that it’s fully cycled. My only concern then is if Ocean Riders will have seahorses in stock at that time – I know they’ve run out at certain periods so I don’t know if it’d be good to get on a hold list or something similar?
Thanks again for all your help,