Looks like you and I are in the exact same stage of setting up a tank. I set up my 29 gallon (Small, I know, but should be fun!) last week, put the water and salt in it on Tuesday and let it circulate until Saturday, when I put in the LR
. 30 pounds of aragonite substrate, 30-35 pounds of base rock, 25 pounds of cured LR
. Ammonia and nitrite began, and have stayed, at zero. Nitrate is climbing, now up to between 40 and 60. I've been wondering the same thing about the bacteria dying off. From what I've read/been told (and I've done a lot of reading and have been told lots of stuff
), it's possible that with the cured LR
I may never get a cycle, that it may already be cycled. The die-off from the LR
will keep feeding the bacteria. I'm going to wait maybe another week or so (zero ammonia/nitrite, rising nitrate), and if the parameters continue as-is, I'll start slowly adding the cleanup crew (snails).
Of course, this is my first saltwater tank, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me!