Sure enough as the weeks went by, I noticed the diatoms start to fade away, so I check the levels and it looked like ammonia was 0, Nitrite as well. Just to be sure I took a sample of my tank water to the LFS
and had them test. they confirmed my readings. so it looks like the cycle is over, and while I was there, I picked up a CUC. Here's what I got.
20 Dwarf Blue Leg Hermits
6 Trochus Snails
6 Nassarius Snails
I'm leaning toward more Nassarius snails, maybe 12 more and I might have over done it with the hermits ( but they are so tiny ).
Anyway, I acclimated the CUC by floating the bag and adding small amounts of my tank water to the bags every 20mins or so. after almost 2 hours I set them loose in the tank. The Hermits went right to work. So did the Nassarius snails. The Trochus' were placed on the glass and on the rocks and let loose from there.
The CUC has now spread out about the tank and are busy doing their thing.
Now , I just have to get the RO