Nitrates were too high to read.
Here is what I did:
I started off with a lot of dry base rock and some live rocks from my main tank. (Not much, just some hand size pieces). I put in some ammonia from Ace Hardware and saw 1ppm ammonia. A few days later this is gone, and there are zero nitrites and a little nitrates. Little cycle.
Then I added 7lbs of fiji totoka rock and dont remember seeing and ammonia, just off the charts nitrites. This stayed a few days and then rapidly dropped. Im talking 1ppm each day!
Now its stayed three days at that odd blue color. Nitrates look like blood. Haha!
I just did a massive water change and the nitrites are the pretty sky blue color. So I am confused whether this means I HAVE nitrites and simply diluted them with the water change, or if the excessively high nitrates caused the odd readings. I did notice that the ammonia reading (before the water change) was the zero color, but a really nasty THICK looking color. Deffinately the zero color though.
I am hoping to be adding my tailspot blenny soon! Just using a HOB
to suck out a lot of nasty looking stuff floating about.