My tank has been cycling for almost a month now. i have 35 lbs of dry rock, 15 live, and 40 lbs of dry sand. I tested the water only once about a week and a half in and noticed some ammonia (dont remeber the exact reading).
I took a sample today to my LFS
and this lady said that since i had no fish in there, they wouldnt be able to read anything. I asked her what she meant, and she told me i should have added a fish to start the cycle. ive read a hundred times on here not to do that, but is it possible that my cycle didnt even start because i didnt add anything? the test read no ammonia, and low levels of nitrites and nitrates.
ive had wierd stuff grow on my liverock, and now theres tons of brown algae all over the place, on my rocks and sand. is my cycle near to completion or do i have to wait another month??