Here is today's update and a few more questions that we have.
ammonia .5 (We dosed with pure ACE ammonia @ 1 drop per gallon after test.)
temperature 76 F
ammonia 1.5 (We dosed with 15 drops pure ammonia after the test.)
temperature 82 F
We decide to add some more pure ammonia in both aquariums this morning, since we haven't seen a large spike in the ammonia. We're keeping the lights off mostly through the cycle, hopefully to help reduce the amount of algae growth. We've also been testing the salinity early morning, before the sun comes up - so we're thinking that maybe that is why it's been testing high.
Should an ammonia spike of 2 or 3 ppm
be enough to establish beneficial bacteria?
We're also starting to talk about and research what fish and invertebrates we'd like to add once it's cycled. Do you have any suggestions for hardy beginner fish or invertebrates?
Also, should we keep the 10 gal
. as a QT to hold any purchases before adding them to the 30 gal
.? The 10 gal
only has incandescent lighting, so we know that it's not effecient and we won't be able to have corals in that one. Maybe sometime in the future it could become a sump or fuge for the 30 gal
? If we were to do that what would we need?