So as some may know, I am currently cycling my 29g reef using the shrimp method described in this article:
FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "Cycling Your Tank"
The shrimp are fuzzy, and my first reading was on Tuesday, it read as follows:
Ammonia: 0.8+ ppm
(no high range test on my test kit)
Today I have tested again and got these parameters:
Nitrates: < 10 ppm
As I understand it, it would seem that the nitrogen cycle is well underway, and has already transformed my Ammonia into Nitrites, and I am waiting for Nitrites to hit 0, nitrates to spike, and then for nitrates to reach < 10ppm.
My question is, does this seem accurate? Also, my shrimp are still quite in there, should I let them sit until they disappear on their own or remove them?
Any suggestions/opinions are welcome! Thanks in advance.