Ok, tomorrow evening will mark 1 week since I put my LR
into my tank and what I'm considering the start of my cycle. I'm doing a "fishless/shrimpless" cycle hoping that the Die Off from my LiveAquaria LR
will be enough to get my cycle started (and I have dropped a pinch of flake fish food in every day for good measure).
I've been testing my Water Every Other day and havn't yet seen the Huge Ammonia spike that everyone talked about. I am actually still having problems reading the SeaChem Test Kit (distinguishing specific values based on the colors, which look basically the same to me), and may try a different test kit.
I think my Ammonia was in the .2 Range (I could tell that it has risen some since the first test or two) and Nitrate somewhere between 5-10 and Nitrite Less than 1 to this point. (Was 3.5 for first test and the less than one later on, again assuming I'm even close in reading these things). PH was arround 8ish, but I wasn't testing it every time.
I have been topping off the evap with Fresh (non-salt) RO
Water as needed, but was curious if/when I should start my Water Changes, or if I should just wait until after my Cycle and then do a large one before stocking?
My 2nd ? is about a 'clean up crew'... I see places like LiveAquaria and SaltWaterFish, etc sell packages... is this something I should look into at the end of my cycle? I'm planning FOWLR
for now and didn't know if these were useful in that scenario. Since I have a 46 Gal
, there is a 30 Gal
Package and a 55 Gal
Package, and didn't know which way I should go.
I am also hoping for a Starfish or two at some point, and see the Detritus Attack Pack on LiveAquaria and wondered if something like that could also be tossed in there with the other (Algae) Clean up Crew?
Does the cleanup crew count against my Inch/Gallon fish equation when I start stocking down the road also?
Thanks for the Advice!