Hello everyone, Just wanted to say this is a great forum. I've done a lot of reading on this forum, its been a great help getting started in saltwater tanks. I just had a question. I just started cycling my 55g tank with ro
water. 3 days ago (Tuesday) I added about 40# of base rock from marco rocks along with 22# of live pre-cured rock from liveaquaria. I did not test the water parameters on tuesday or wednesday. I added 2 raw shrimps to the tank yesterday (Thursday).
Today (Friday) my water results showed
Ammonia: ~.75 ppm
Nitrite: 1.0 ppm
Nitrate: 80 ppm
I was just curious as to where exactly I am on the cycle. From reading the articles here, the ammonia should have jumped up followed by a jump in the nitrites, and then the nitrates. For some reason, the first thing to raise significantly in my tank was the nitrates. Should I do a PWC
to get the levels down slightly, or just continue to moniter the situation and see where it goes? Should I remove the shrimps (too much ammonia converted to nitrite converted to nitrate)? I'm using an API master liquid test kit if that matters. Thanks for any help, and all the information found on this site, its been extremely useful so far.