I am attempting to set up a 3 gallon tank again for dwarf seahorses.
This tank was set up previously back in January 2009. I got a hold of a nematode and it wiped out the entire herd!
I tore down the entire tank and started all over from scratch. I added the sand to another saltwater tank where nematodes would not affect the inverts or fish. I bleached the entire sponge filtration system and plastic plants in a light 10% bleach solution. I then rinsed all the items until I could not smell the bleach and let it air dry.
I then went to the LFS
to get dry sand and a small piece of live rock. I started rebuilding the tank. I added the saltwater and let it run for 1 day. I then added the dry sand and live rock and the sponge filtration system. Two days later I added a saltwater fish that I received from an aquaculture store. It was June 29 when things were up and running.
1) Due to the size of the tank will I have to wait the 4-6 weeks for the tank to cycle or will this be a shorter cycle?
2) Is there anything I can do to speed up the nitrogen cycle or should I let it occur naturally?
Parameters as of today:
Day 8 of the Nitrogen Cycle
specific gravity 1.019