should be here Wed or Thu next week, and I'm going to get a scoop of sand from a friend's tank. To make sure I have the steps right:
(1) Rinse the LR
, pick off any dead stuff. Because I have nothing in my tank except dead rock I can put the LR
directly in the tank and let it cure there. I should leave the lights off but keep the skimmer and PHs running.
(2) Test water every day. Ammonia will start to rise in a couple of days, peaking in a week or so. Nitrite levels will rise as ammonia starts to drop. After a few weeks ammonia should be non-existent, nitrite should start to drop, nitrate should start to rise.
(3) Perform partial water changes every week.
(4) When ammonia and nitrite are basically zero the cycle is done.
Is all of that correct? Will I see an algae bloom when the ammonia starts to spike?
When do I add the clean-up crew? After the cycle is done?
Sorry for the long post, just trying to make sure I know what to expect.