Hey jr5018 thanks for understanding that i had no other option. I just got back from the trip and i'm proud to say my fish appear to be doing really well. I had a friend take car of the fish while i was gone. He tested ammonia Nitrite and nitrate while i was gone. I'll come back to that in a minute... On my way out of town i stopped in Kansas City at a few aquarium stores. I was told at both of them that if you use to proper amount of live rock, cycling occurs almost overnight. And then they also said with my set up (3 lbs rock and 2 fish) it should take a few days at max. From the measurements my friend and I have taken this appears to be correct. I measured the day after placing the fish in the tank any ammonia was at about .2 ppm
. Nitrites and Nitrates were at 0. A day later Ammonia and nitrites were at 0 and Nitrates were at 20 ppm
. While my friend took car of it the nitrates increased over a week to 30 ppm
and then he made a 20% water change. Today i tested when got home. Ammonia, Nitrites - 0 Nitrated 20 ppm
Oh yeah - I'm using wet dry filter with biowheel.
I have quite a bit of brown alge forming and i noticed just a little bit of red alge, is this ok?
Also Alkalinity is a little low at about 80 KH
, but pH is fine, how do i get that up?