this is what my cycle is looking like so far:
day 1 cured LR
and live sand go in along with 1/2 a bottle of phyotplex...... gotta have something rotting in there.
day 3 tank was completely covered in diatom
day 6 added a 3 lb uncured piece of LR
day 7 16 billion pods
everywhere (they still are too)
day 8 entire tank is neon green
day 10 tank clouded up
day 12 tank still green and cloudy.
day 13 only the moon lights were on when I left for work so i don't know
from day 6-current the ammonia has been .25 nitrite has been 0- nitrate has been 0. these are my test and the LFS
I never TESTED like I have been cycling, but I think it is very obvious that I have been. So maybe you just have an abundance of denitrifying bacteria already. that stuff can completely colonize hundreds of pounds of liverock in a matter of hours.......
Oh, Did you use agralive sand by any chance? If you did, that's why you aren't testing a cycle. I haven't TESTED like I have been going through a cycle on any of my tanks and all i can guess is that it was that sand.....they do say it cycles fastest LOL
. I have set up 5 since september of last year, and they all did the exact same thing got nasty and cloudy and never once tested for nitrite or nitrate the entire time they were cycling.