Ok...like my sig says, I'm back into the hobby after an extended furlough. I just setup my tank last week. Dropped the shrimp in to start the cycle on the 11th. Here are the test results as of Friday.
pH: 7.8 (going to wait to see if it comes up on it own)
Nitrites & Nitrates: 0ppm
Looks like the cycle is starting. The rock came from an established tank so I'm thinking the cycle will be relatively short/mild. I'm still going to wait until at least mid/late June before considering adding livestock with the exception of CUC as needed to take care of any algae that pops up.
Here is a pic of the setup so far. Tell me what you think of my rock setup. I'm way over the min. recommended amount of rock for the tank size...lol. Almost 60lbs in there!
Also, I'm setting up a 5.5gal sump. I've built 2 siphon overflows and just waiting on the pump. This is my first sump so wish me luck!