I have a 55 gallon saltwater fish only tank (with no fish yet). I am using the "shrimp" method for cycling my tank. I do not have any bio-filtration yet (I have a 7 inch BIO-wheel on order), and I am using the Magnum 350 for chemical and mechanical filtration. I have my protein skimmer turned off.
Here is my data:
6/29/2003,78,1.022,8.0,10,0.0,0.0,0,3.0,Added 1 shrimp
6/30/2003,79,1.023,8.0,9,0.1,0.0,0,2.7,Added 3 more shrimp
7/1/2003,79,1.023,,,1.5,0.0,0,,Smells link rotten fish and cloudy
7/3/2003,79,1.030,8.0,8,3.0,0.0,0,2.4,Cleaned inside walls of aquarium
7/6/2003,79,1.024,,,3.5,0.0,0,,Added 2 gallons of water
NOTE: I have also attached a picture of my spreadsheet containing this data, which will make it easier for you to read.
Is this a normal start for the cycle? I was expecting nitrites by now. Do I just to give Mother Nature more time? Will adding bio-filtration help? What about those bateria chemicals that say they will speed this process up? What about adding live plants to my tank -- does this help?
Thanks for your help and expertise.