dhemp, I had a similar thing happen when I bought "pre-cycled" live rock and cured it myself. I saw the whole cycle in about 8 days.
I took measurements last night and I still have zero everything: ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. The shrimp I put in the tank haven't even begun to rot or decompose or anything. It almost seems like there's no bacteria in the tank at all, but shouldn't there still be ammonia from the shrimp even without bacteria? What could cause this kind of thing, and what can I do about it?
This may not mean anything, but here's how I set up the tank this time: I had previously rinsed all of my LR
in freshwater: this includes my 75 lbs of sand from the previous tank, the 100lbs LR
I had from my previous tank, along with the 150 lbs I bought new (CaribSea Reef Rock). Since it took so long to add the RO
water to the tank, I put in the "dead" rock and sand in the tank as it was filling up, and I didn't add in any salt until the tank was basically full, meaning that the rock was soaking in RO
water for about a week before it suddenly turned into saltwater. The next day I added 4 shrimps, and two weeks after that (this past weekend) I added in 4 more shrimps. My goal was to make sure I killed anything that was on my LR
, but could I really have made it so that the cycle doesn't start? I would think I'd see at least *some* ammonia reading by this point...