Hi All: 55gal with about 50 pounds of base/reef rock and 32 pounds of true LR
to seed the rest of the rock.
About 620 gph
flow from powerheads, and 920 if you count the HOB
My cycle readings (via test tube tests) are:
/NH2 -- .25ppm (down from 7ppm after about 4-5 days)
--- 40 ppm
(after adjusting for the nitrate reading)
It looks like I am heading into the NO2
spike portion of the cycle, so a couple of questions for the experts
1) should I start up the protein skimmer now or leave it off?
2) Should I go ahead and remove the bio pad from the HOB
filter and let the ammonia creep back up to cycle again, or shold I wait until all the rock becomes live after a few months?
3) Should I put in another shrimp or 2 to keep the ammonia pouring in?
Thanks in advannce for the help.