Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words.
Cmor, it's not bleached rock, it's just dry fiji rock. It was live when it was in my 55G.. but when i tore it down, i kept the rock and just basically scrubbed the heck out of it. Made it look all nice and clean and got all of the dirt and mud off of the rocks. And i definitely want to go to something fishy, but my cycle isn't complete yet..
I just wish i had a better camera that could get nice shots. It really looks so much nicer in person.
Anyways, pretty sure my cycle is coming to a close pretty soon. Maybe by next week.
Test Results as of 5 minutes ago:
Haven't tested for calcium, mag, dkH
, etc.. Just the basic tests were done.
Also starting to see some green algae forming in the fuge, and LOTS of diatoms in the fuge as well. For some reason though.. i'm not getting ANY diatoms at all in the main display.. Could it be because i have a weak lighting setup? In the fuge i have a huge spiral plant grow-out bulb.. so maybe the diatoms find it easier to grow there rather in the display?
Also, i had a question. How is it possible that diatoms and algae can grow when there is Ammonia, Nitrites, and no Nitrates present? I thought things die under levels of ammonia? Oh ya.. also, how do i keep my bacteria alive once the cycle is over? Because i won't be able to get a CUC the exact day my cycle ends.. or even the day after. Don't want to have to cycle all over again.. :p