So I ditched the crappy crushed coral and replaced it with an equal amount of sand. My AquaC Remora protein skimmer with Maxijet just came in yesterday.
So I decided to do a fishless cycle and dropped in a couple of shrimp on Saturday. My LFS
wouldn't give me any gravel from an established tank and wanted me to buy live rock from them, but I'm buying it online soon so I didn't want to waste any money. I had already bought some API Stress Zyme from Petsmart (because I was told I needed it), so I decided to use that and added that on Saturday. Its basically a bottle of bacteria that is supposed to start the cycle.
Here's my test results:
3/15 (Shrimp Added) Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0.5ppm, and Nitrate 0ppm
3/17 Ammonia at 0.5ppm, Nitrites at 0.5ppm, and Nitrate at 5ppm
3/21 Ammonia at 2.0ppm, Nitrites at 5.0ppm, and Nitrate at 20ppm
I thought it was weird there were any Nitrites when I started. Could my water have high Nitrites? Or maybe I just read the color wrong. I also thought it was weird that Nitrates went up before Nitrates.
Does this look normal? When should I remove the Shrimps?
Also, I'm planning on buying about 30lbs of Live Rock from Aloha Aquariums. Its only $1.99 a lb for Fiji. Has anyone heard about these guys? That's pretty cheap for what I've seen so I'm somewhat skeptical about quality.
I also bought about 20lbs of australian sphaghetti rock from marcorocks for some variety. Thanks again for the help. I'll be sure to post some pics once I get the live rock in.