Finally got enough of the plumbing done on my new tank close to 2 weeks ago and fired it up. I had ordered 45 lbs of Fiji LR
from liveaquaria which had arrived the week before. I had some delays in finishing my sump so I placed the LR
in a new trashcan along with a heater, powerhead, and 15 gallons of new water. I did a 100% water change on the LR
about halfway thru the week, but wasn't testing for ammonia or anything. When I finally got the tank filled and leak tested I placed it in the tank.
So the LR
has been in the tank for coming up on 2 weeks now, and I also put a couple of salad shrimp in the tank (which have since completely decomposed) and was periodically monitoring ammonia levels looking for it to come up and let me know my cycle had started. Never got anything over 0 ppm
testing for ammonia. I even added another couple shrimp yesterday and still nothing.
Tonight I decided to test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate thinking that maybe the LR
was in better initial shape than I thought and was eating up the ammonia. Sure enough I had 0 ppm
ammonia and nitrite, and 5 ppm
on the nitrate. The little bit of what was left on the first 2 shrimp was really nasty and foul smelling when I netted it out so there should have been some ammonia present, right?
Do you guys think that I just lucked out with good rock and my cycle is over?