So this is my first saltwater tank ever so there will probably be many more questions to come. Currently I am in the middle of my cycle. I have a 45 gallon tank, with a canister filter (Fluval 304) and skimmer (Seaclone 100).
I started my cycle two weeks ago by adding 20lbs live sand and 48lbs live rock. Everything seemed to be going well, after a week ammonia was down from off the charts high to ~0.25 mg
/L. Nitrites have remained high (~ 5.0 mg
/L) with nitrates between 10 and 20 mg
Over the past three days I have experienced my first algae bloom. My live rock is covered with fuzzy stuff that ranges in color from a burnt orange to a brick red. My substrate has become spotted with the same stuff, that is now creeping up the glass. In addition, the water has become smokey.
Is this normal? My nitrites are too high to add any type of critters to clean up this algae, right?
Thanks in advance