We are fairly book smart - reading lots from this forum already. But I could not find anything on this specific issue - so please point me there if it exists.
We have a 24 gal
Aquapod, accessories, testing kit, etc. We were all set up to do a traditional 1st cycle with a raw shrimp but then bought a substrate called Instant Ocean (Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand) - not for the "just add fish" claim but for the attractive texture (built in small shells) etc. We added 19 gal
of 1.02-ish salt water and started the filter. SO NOW, 36 hours later, where in the "1st cycle" are we? Our testing shows between 0 and 0.25 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, and 0 Nitrate with about 7.6 pH.
How can we tell where we are without introducing waste (or did I just answer my own question)?