I started my 28 gallon tank 4 days ago using approximately 35-40 lb of LR
(both long cured and pre-cured pieces) and 10lbs. of Caribsea Aragalive substrate. Got my salinity, pH, temp, calcium, etc. where I wanted.
= 1.023, pH=8.3, temp 78-80 variance through day, ammonia and nitrIte pretty much 0, nitrAte reading around 4-8.
Anyways, end of day 2 I added a raw larger shrimp and now 48 hours later still ammonia = 0-.3 and nitrIte = 0.
I'm beginning to wonder if I have already cycled and just missed it with my testing. Shouldn't a whole large shrimp in a 28 gallon tank for 48 hours cause a significant ammonia spike??
After 4 days I have alot of aiptasia, a few bristleworms, some small mushrooms, some small polyps, a few featherdusters, and some itty-bitty snails running around. Absolutely amazing how quikly life develops in saltwater environments