I just signed up with the forum (think its a great site) but I've been reading posts for the past few weeks and I finally need some help; couldn't find answers in other posts.
I got my setup on Friday March 11. I let the tank run until the following Tuesday which was when I bought my live rock. I decided to only cycle with live rock and not shrimp. It is now the 24th and I think my tank has finished its cycle.
I have a 15 gal
tank with 14 pounds of live rock and coralline algae is just beginning to show. I might buy some nano live rock to give it more of a design later. But back to my point, it has only been 13 days for my tank to cycle. pH is 8.2. Ammonia is 0. Nitrite is about .025. Nitrate is about 2.5-3. Nitrite will probably be down to 0 by Saturday
Is my tank really some cycling because that seems pretty quick. Also I'm getting the diatoms that are signaling the end of the cycle but could someone just verify this for me?
Also I think I'm a bit lucky. I've used tap water treated with Stress Coat for the original filling of the tank and I've used tap water with Stress Coat for top-off; I have minimal aglee on my live rock and that worries me a bit because I wanted to start my tank off with a Blenny and a some clean-up crew.
Should I start with another fish because I don't have much algae? And do I even need a clean-up crew? My hair algae is more like an adolescant having peach fuzz.
Whew...Thanks for bearing with me in this long post
P.S. here are more tank specs
Double Strip Coralife lighting with 2 10,000K bulb (I only use 1)
filter (I wash the pads daily)
3-4" of sand sustrate