It's now been 13 days since I added my 75-80 lbs of LR
into my 46 Gal
Bowfront Tank. The LR
was 45 lbs of Select Fiji Premium Rock and 35 lbs Fiji Foundation Rock from LiveAquaria. I also had about 20 lbs of LS
and 30ish lbs of Non LS
. I did a Shrimpless/Fishless Cycle, hopeing that the die-off from my LR
would be enough to start the cycle, but did add some SeaChem Stability for the first week (sold by LFS
before doing much reading on this fourm). Have also been adding a pinch of flake fish food daily.
I have been testing the water every 2-3 days and my reading from tonight were;
Free Ammonia (NH3
) = 0
Total Ammonia (NH3
& NH4+) = 0
) = 0
) = 20
Now I never really saw a HUGE spike in the Ammonia... it did go up, but never much past the .1-.2 Range... Nitrites never went real high either, maybe not much past 1 on my SeaChem Kit.
I am getting Salifert Ammonia/Nirtrate/Nitrite test kit this week, so I will confirm all of these things in a couple of days. I also considered taking a sample to the LFS
to see if they can run thier tests as well.
I have noticed more color growth on my LR
over the past few days as well.
I guess I don't know if this means my cycle is over, or never really started...
Any tips or words of wisdom?